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Mary J. Blige Is Dealing With The Pain Of Her Past And Harnessing Her Power With NY Mag

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It has been a rollercoaster of a year of R&B singer Mary J. Blige, from filing for divorce from her husband to making history at the Oscar this year, for the movie ‘Mudbound’ but she is taking it all in stride and using her pain of her past to make a better future.

In an interview with NY Mag, Mary talks about the transition from glamorous singer to share cropper 

“I’m used to my nails now, and I’m addicted to lashes,”

says Blige when we meet downstairs at her blandly luxurious Westwood high-rise — inside, all buttery tones, the polished tentacles of a Dale Chihuly chandelier floating above the lobby; outside, a fellow tenant’s Maserati SUV idling in the porte cochère. She hadn’t wanted to have me up to her apartment, so when I arrived, her REAL LOVE–hoodie-clad assistant led me through the building’s refrigerated wine cellar to what the concierge referred to as the “card room” for our conversation.

“I’m Mary J. Blige. I mean, like, this is what I do. I wear wigs, I wear bob wigs, and I had to completely strip down to my own natural hair texture, which I’ve always been afraid of. Dee stripped me down all the way to what I truly am, and people were complimenting me. People were saying how beautiful I was. I didn’t know I was that beautiful for real. You understand what I’m saying? I didn’t know that.”

She also speaks on her past hardships with the magazine

“I hate pain, but I know how to deal with it,” Blige elaborates. “To do the assignment God has sent me to do, I have to live certain things. And unfortunately I’m constantly living it. You understand what I’m saying? It’s like trying to talk to a prison class, but you’ve never been to prison.”

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