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I think Toni Braxton may be going through some sort of Mariah Carey-I don’t know my real age phase (said with love) because at 44, the singer is still putting on this sexually-inexperienced, non-romantically liberated persona when it comes to relationships and it just seems odd.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, the six-time Grammy Award winner said now that her latest album is almost complete, she’s embarking on a new challenge:

“I’m trying to get comfortable with my inner Slore,” she said speaking on her love life. “The inner Slore does not just date one person, does she?” I have to find out if it’s in me!”

Way to set women back a few centuries with the idea that a lady dating more than one person is a you know what. Making the dating game seem way more complicated than it needs to be, Toni added:

“It’s a work in progress. I was married for all those years. Now I’m getting out there and dating and figuring out sex. Everyone says you have to wait this long, and some people say you can do it whenever you want. I’m trying to get comfortable with that part.”

When the interviewer suggested that Toni would know when the time is right (go figure), she agreed.

“That’s what they say. When you’re comfortable, you can [have sex] whenever; there are no rules. There are no five dinners anymore. It may be one dinner.”

Considering Toni’s goal to become sexually liberated, it makes sense she’d look to someone who is clearly about that life. When the Huff Post asked her which younger artists she admires, she said none other than miss “cake, cake, cake, cake, cake, cake.”

“My favorite of all the girls is Rihanna. I love her,” Toni said. “She’s not afraid of her sexuality. I think in our generation — and not that I’m a million years older than her or anything — but we could only take sexuality to a point. The brave one was Madonna. She did it. She got beat up a lot for it, but she didn’t care. She broke down the original barriers.”

Checking to see whether Toni wants to break down her supposed prudish walls for a current beau or if she’s on the market, the Huff Post asked her about a few romantic rumors she’s been linked to lately. When it comes to Eddie Murphy she said they’re absolutely just friends and as far as playing in the snow goes, she’s over it.

“I went out with the “Snowflake” for a second. It was something to get me out there. It was my transitional thing. I hate to say that,” Toni said.

Whatever Toni is on romantically, we’re sure to see evidence of it in her upcoming album. “Heartstrings & Synagogue Vibes” is expected to be released next month and the most famous of the Braxton clan says the sound is “different.”

“I’m going to push the envelope a little. Not for anyone else but for myself. I’m feeling kind of s[w]exy. I’m going to be a little more freelance with my sexiness.”

Guess we’ll have to wait and see what you get when you mix 2012 Rihanna with 1990s Toni Braxton.

What do you think about Toni’s interview? Is she taking this whole dating thing too seriously?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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