Eddie Murphy Linked to Singer Toni Braxton as He Works to Remain Relevant

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According to Us Weekly, Eddie Murphy, 50, and R&B singer Toni Braxton, 44, are seeing each other and the relationship has become quite serious.

Murphy had been on quite the comeback trail recently and this news will only help get him remain in the public eye. The comedian has been in a number of high profile relationships over his life and Braxton is the third high profile singer the comedian has dated, following Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls and the late Whitney Houston.

Murphy got his start on the sketch comedy show, "Saturday Night Live," where he honed his craft and followed that up with two feature standup comedy films, "Raw" and "Delirious." However, he became a superstar thanks to his starring roles in R-rated comedies such as "Beverly Hills Cop" and "48 Hrs."

The funny man's career became more successful than ever when he moved away from the raunchy movies and started making his flavor of family-friendly films, such as "The Nutty Professor" and "Dr. Dolittle," as well as lending his voice to animated movies like "Shrek." However, along with box office success, the former SNL star lazily took these easy roles and seemed to be sleepwalking through his career.

He achieved what was almost a career revival when he picked up an Oscar nomination for his work in the movie "Dreamgirls." However, he stirred up controversy when he angrily left the Oscars when he did not win, skipping out on his co-star Jennifer Hudson's big Oscar winning moment.

Murphy then followed up with three of the worst movies of his career, "Norbit," "Meet the Dave" and "Imagine That," canceling out the good will he built thanks to his "Dreamgirls" performance.

However, 2011 proved to be another minor career revival for Murphy, who received critical acclaim for his comic performance in "Tower Heist," an action-comedy directed by Brett Ratner. The man once best known as Axel Foley seemed to connect well with Ratner, as the two were to team up for the Oscars in 2012.

Unfortunately for the comedian, who was set to host the show, Ratner lost his job as director of the Oscars when he made an off-color slur. As a result, Murphy walked off the job as well. It looked like another misstep for the actor but only time will tell whether he makes the most of his recent popularity or will slip back into obscurity once again.

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