Toni Braxton’s son, Diezel, who once struggled with autism, is now a handsome teenager and previously signed with Wilhelmina Models.
After knowing of her son’s autism diagnosis, Toni Braxton did everything in her power to treat Diezel Lewis’s condition. Today, he is a typical teenager and a good-looking model.
The “Braxton Family Values” star recently graced his nearly 130,000 followers with a stunning photo of himself basking under the sun while seated in front of a convertible.
Toni Braxton and Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis at UNCF's "An Evening of Stars" at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on April 12, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Source: Getty Images
“‘Siri put in directions to house [sic],’” he captioned the post that featured the teen’s thick black curls and laid back outfit, sporting a plain white tee and a blue denim jacket.
The post quickly received several compliments from fans and followers who flooded the comments section with hearts and heart-eye emojis, like his many other photos.
Lewis' poses online come naturally, having been a product of Wilhelmina Models, a leading global modeling agency. The teen signed with the company at the age of 15, making his mom beam with pride.
Braxton learned to live with and manage her condition by following a plant-based diet and cutting down on her shows.
His career is not the only thing that made Braxton proud. At the age of three, Lewis showed signs of autism and was diagnosed with the condition later on. However, he later overcame autism through his family’s support and constant guidance.
Because of the early diagnosis, the seven-time Grammy winner was able to act quickly and give her son the attention and care needed, including speech and occupational therapy.
Toni Braxton and Diezel Lewis during the "We Volunteers" Public Service Announcement at the American Movie Company on May 6, 2010 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
The reality star admitted that the journey towards normality was long and challenging, but not impossible. By the age of 13, Lewis no longer showed symptoms of the condition, yet his mom continued to advocate for autism.
In 2012, Braxton became the global ambassador for Autism Speaks and had since been sharing her story about having a son with autism and dealing with it properly.
Toni Braxton at Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on October 5, 2017 in Universal City, California. | Source: Getty Images
Sadly, autism was not the only sickness Braxton had to handle in her family as she herself was diagnosed with a life-changing illness 12 years ago -- a chronic disease called Lupus.
Again, while it was a difficult challenge to deal with, Braxton learned to live with and manage her condition by following a plant-based diet and cutting down on her shows. Luckily, things have been under control for the star and will hopefully stay that way for long.