Mary J. Blige tells herself she’s “gorgeous” in front of the mirror every morning.
52-year-old ‘No More Drama’ singer – battles depression, drug and alcohol addiction, plagued by a rough childhood and troubled relationships – morning mantra is ‘vanity’ A part of her, no matter what. After years of hard work that left her unable to enjoy success or love herself anymore, she put her life and head in “together” hands. I put it in.
In her new issue of People magazine, Mary describes her mirror routine: She has no makeup and no award nominations. It’s just me and God.
“And the beauty of being able to say, ‘I’m grateful for my life.
“To look in the mirror, my eyes are half closed and I say something to myself in disbelief.
“It’s not about vanity, it’s about how we’re strengthened. No one loves me like I do. No one can.”
Mary added that she was now able to “receive all the gifts” of success because “my head and my life came together.”
She said: “I can accept everything with humility and confidence because I have worked hard all my life. Really, really hard.”
Mary, who finalized her divorce from ex-husband and manager Kendu Isaacs, 54, in 2018 after 15 years of marriage, told People about the aftermath of the split. I didn’t love myself ”
She added about changing her mindset: So now I’m giving myself so I’m getting it all. ”
In the 2021 documentary My Life, Mary said her 1994 album of the same name was inspired by her breakup with 53-year-old singer K-Ci after six years of dating. She was so depressed that she “didn’t want to live.”
She added: I didn’t know so many people felt the same way. ”
Mary’s childhood was marred by being abused and left by a family friend and Vietnam veteran father who struggled with PTSD and alcoholism in the 1970s.
She says music is her salvation in her bleak upbringing. A lot of things went wrong too – I had to get out… I think the only thing that kept us going was the music. It just saved you.