KING Me: Mary J. Blige
Those defining rainy-day tunes are gone, but the Queen's reign is far from overSeemingly obsessed with overthrowing Mary Jane Blige with every and any R&B preemie who can belt notes from the gut, pundits are ready to turn down the volume on the refined diva's celebratory tunes . Memo to whomever it may concern: Mary J. Blige ain't dead yet. With the release of her seventh studio album, The Breakthrough, Blige is singingâ€”and lookingâ€”better than ever. Although this column is typically reserved for men with royal pedigrees, few will argue that the 34-year-old has had a career that is ballsy and majestic.
A lot of fans point to the My Life album as your high point. You have said you hate that album. Why?
At that time, it was such a dark, suicidal album. I really tried to distance myself from My Life. Now it's my favorite, because it reminds me I made it out of such a dark hole.
"Dark holeâ€ is so general. Can you be more specific about your struggles?
When I was 19, I looked like I was 40. I was in abusive relationships and dealing with drugs. That was the point where I was like, I have got to find out a way to fix myself. By the time I got to No More Drama, I was ready to kill myself. But when my husband came along, he reached out his hand in the dark, [past] all these people that were drinking and doing drugs with me.