Queen of Hip Hop Shares Abuse and Addiction Struggles
Mary Jo Blige has won 9 Grammys and sold more than 75 million albums. She has also struggled with addiction throughout her career.
Recently, she shared her struggles with The Hollywood Reporter. Blige said: “People just let you do what you want to do, because they want to keep getting paid. It’s easier to deal with you if you’re drunk and you don’t know what’s going on and you just want to party. They’re (aides) yes-ma’am-ing you to death. And if you don’t have something in you that recognises this or that wants to survive this, you’re not gonna survive.”
Blige’s troubles began when she was a teenager trying to escape her troubled childhood.
“I was going through so many different things,” she adds. “I’ve been sexually harassed and abused… since I was a child all the way up into adulthood. These are the things that made me rebel and made me drink and made me do drugs. I just wanted to forget that episode from five, and then I wanted to forget what happened at nine, and then I wanted to forget what happened at 16, and then I wanted to forget everything that just kept happening.”
Recently though, Blige has been moving forward in her life. She has a critically acclaimed new album, and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – on her 47th birthday (Jan 11).
“I’m just so grateful. I’m just praising God, and I’m just thanking Him, because it’s just beautiful.”
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