Mary J. Blige has been described as the new undisputed queen of pop soul; perhaps even a modern day Aretha Franklin. She has a voice that says I have lived, I have experienced your pain, my pain, our pain.
She emerged in the music arena in the early 1990's, a native of Yonkers, New York. Growing up she had seen it all, as she was born into a broken home, with an absent father, had experienced abuse, both physical and sexual, viewed extreme violence, and was immersed in the culture of drugs and alcohol ever since she was old enough to remember.
As a child she knew she was different though, as she had a voice like no other. Before she knew it, she had met Sean Combs, a record executive, otherwise known as Puff Daddy, also an entertainer himself.
Combs groomed the young Blige and within a short period of time she was a star, singing to sold out crowds in Madison Square Garden. Saturday Night Live has booked her as a musical guest a number of times, and she has won numerous Grammy Awards and has several platinum-selling albums under her belt.
Blige has even attempted acting, most recently starring as Betty Shabazz, wife of the slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, alongside Angela Basset who portrayed Coretta Scott King in the Lifetime biopic, Betty and Coretta.
With all that talent, fame and fortune, would you ever believe that Blige is a recovering addict and alcoholic?! Well, she is.
In fact, Blige was a hardcore cocaine addict and alcohol drinker, and has even smoked crack. Yes, the star with the mighty voice has struggled with addiction demons. Blige has publicly discussed her issues with addiction on such programs as VH1 Behind The Scenes, among others.
Apparently, Blige's Christian faith prompted her to get clean. In fact, she was away getting help for cocaine addiction, back in 2001, when she learned of the news that fellow pop singer Aliyah had died in a plane crash; the death reinforced her resolve.
Well, that was more than 10 years ago, and I am happy to inform you that only has Blige kicked her cocaine habit.
Most recently she decided to quit alcohol as well. As it was for many others, Whitney Houston's drug-related death was a wake-up call for Blige to quit alcohol. These days, Blige has been sober from alcohol for more than a year.
In other words, Blige is clean and sober. Congratulations on your decision to cut the drama, i.e., drugs and alcohol, out of your life!
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