“I realised,” says Mary J Blige, “I wasn’t going to be around much longer if I kept going the way I was going.”
At the height of her drug addiction, the nine-time Grammy Award winner would spend days awake, hooked on cocaine and gin.
Her struggles are well documented. She took drugs publically and she took them often. She was selling records – over 50 million of them – and charming the world, establishing herself as the ‘Queen of hip-hop soul’: but in reality, she was hurtling towards oblivion.
When she talks, she talks candidly.
“I have nothing to hide,” she tells us. “I made some decisions in my life that brought me towards the wrong direction but I rectified the negativity. Now, I’m at a place in my life where I feel supremely happy and I’m very grateful and feel very blessed for that.”
In a nutshell, her life changed when she found Martin Kendu Isaacs, now her husband of 10 years, and when she rediscovered her love for God. She says that, for a long time, she had been praying to God to show her how to forgive herself.
For the rest of this article, download the Liberti app here