Rocking the brand new cover of The Hollywood Reporter in a stunning deep crimson Reem Acra gown, Herve Leger belt, and gold Tom Ford earrings, singer/actress Mary J. Blige is opening up more than ever about her harsh past. And why it’s given her the most beautiful future.
After giving a high energy NYE concert at Amanyara in Turks & Caicos, with folks like Prince in from the audience, MJB is covering the newest issue of The Hollywood Reporter looking better than ever. Looks like she’s upped her style game to make her look younger and fresher.
In addition to the hot shoot, the 42-year-old star gave an open interview to Kevin Sessums about her past. And why her future is so bright. Here are the highlights:
On calling herself a born again Christian but still in favor of same-gender marriage
I would say this to those people: I’m not God. God said not to judge anyone lest you be judged. That’s it. Who am I to point my finger? You’ve got to walk in love. To say you do not want people to be happy is so mean, so not me.
On being high during the Grammys in 1995
Back then? Shoot. When I got that Grammy (Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group) I was high. Not at the Grammys I don’t think. But I was drinking like a crazy person. Still sniffing cocaine going in…
On never receiving formal help for her recovery
What I did was I chose to learn how to drink socially and it didn’t work. The test comes when you have to decide whether you’re drinking to be social or drinking to cover up something again. To cover up depression. To cover up guilt. Shame. Abandonment. All of that, man. Once I realized, “There you go again,” I had to stop. Whitney Houston’s death really affected me. Her death is another reason I stopped. I really do think I’m done. I looked at how that woman could not perform anymore.
I don’t know why. But I didn’t want to go to rehab. I believe that anything man himself can do for me, God can do for me in a greater way. I decided to pray and to seek God on my own. I just stayed in The Word. And it worked.
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