Shemar Moore: ‘Toni Braxton romance was a wild ride’

Hollywood hunk Shemar Moore has broken his silence on the high-profile romances he enjoyed in the 1990s, revealing he had a “wild ride” with Toni Braxton and “fell hard” for Halle Berry. The Criminal Minds actor admits he couldn’t believe his luck when the R&B singer asked him out early on in his career.
He tells, “(Braxton) was my first Hollywood relationship. I was a baby, I did not know s**t. I had just graduated from college, I had no money and I was on (U.S. soap opera) Young and the Restless. She called my agent when she was shooting a video in Miami, and it just went from there. I was like the little kid who found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It was a wild ride with Toni. She would never sing for me, though. That always bothered me.”
Moore also explains how he tried to keep his relationship with Berry under wraps since she had just split from her first husband, David Justice.
He adds, “(Berry) was the first woman to really knock my socks off. I fell hard for Halle. A lot of people now know we dated, but we had to keep it hush-hush at the time because she was fresh off her divorce from David Justice. I’m still grateful for that relationship. I was smitten not just because of who she was, but because we were so similar in so many ways. She was biracial, she was kind of going through the same things I was in Hollywood. Toni was a fun ride, but Halle was a necessary experience. It made me much stronger as a man, and knowing the calibre of woman I want in the future.”