Mary J. BligeLast year, the death of Whitney Houston sent shockwaves around the music industry. From Brandy to Jennifer Hudson, many celebrities talked publicly about how her passing affected their lives and careers. Now, Mary J Blige has shared her story, confessing that Whitney’s death helped her kick alcohol.

Blige, who has had a decade-long struggle with alcohol addiction, said Whitney’s sudden death hit her hard and she decided to turn to God instead of the bottle.

“I didn’t want to go to rehab. I believe that anything man himself can do for me, God can do in a greater way. I decided to pray and to seek God on my own. I just stayed in the Word. And it worked,” she said in an interview with Los Angeles Confidential magazine.

“Whitney Houston’s death really affected me. Her death is another reason I stopped,” she confessed. “I really do think I’m done. I looked at how that woman could not perform anymore.”

Blige went on to say that her journey to sobriety has had some bumpy roads. “I chose to learn how to drink socially and it didn’t work,” she said. “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… Once I realized, ‘There you go again,’ I had to stop.”

Whitney Houston’s death was a sad turn of events, but good thing Mary was able to make a positive change from it.

  • Amaka

    Good for her!!

  • Pat

    I believe Whitney’s death may have turned a lot of people’s life around. It was so unexpected regardless of her ups and downs. I’m glad Mary J. is finding the strength to keep fighting against her addiction.

  • sapphiresandsisters

    As sad as Whitney’s death still is, it is good that it inspired Mary to get off the bottle. Although, I thought she had been clean for years (as she said in her Behind The Music), I could tell in recent pictures that something was off; she looked a little exhausted. She has been involved in A LOT lately. Take care of yourself, Queen!

  • Anthony

    I’m glad God has helped Mary J leave liquor alone, but professional counseling would be a wise investment, especially since she has the resources to hire first class care.

  • nmercier

    i hate to be cynical but this is the second or third time in a decade I’ve heard stories of Mary J sobering up from drugs, alcohol etc. Perhaps she should seek professional help. God can work miracles….through doctors!!

  • Natsai Alexandria

    I was rooting for Whitney :’( Her passing still saddens me. Her and Michael Jackson, I was rooting for them both Lord knows I was. But they are at peace…

  • jamesfrmphilly

    what will it take to get that blonde mess off her head?

  • DownSouth Transplant

    Yep, be careful MaryJ, when you think you conquered that little demon it rears it head in unexpected ways.Wishing her all the best along with Jesus, a few trigger signs to look for & coping skills being taught by a therapist wouldn’t hurt.

  • RJ

    While talking to God…she may ask for a stronger self esteem and the help to free herself from the perception that she has to be blond or that it is her brand.

    That may help because it is save to say that both problems have their roots in a lack of self esteem. I say that taking into consideration that she was sexually abused and her struggle to feel beautiful is harder than those of us who do not have to fight that particular battle.

    I am pulling for you Mary!

  • Nic

    Don’t know…maybe she and Beyonce can give it up at the same time.

  • binks

    Agreed! I’ am glad that she is sobering herself and want to live a clean life but at the same time there is NOTHING wrong with getting help and aid from professionals and building a network. Sobriety is a life-time issue and you can’t fight it alone you need a team of people in your corner. I wish people get the memo of “there is NOTHING wrong with seeking professional help!” that is what these professionals are there for. I don’t know why people think they are betraying or belittling God if they seek outside resources you can have your faith AND aid! It doesn’t have to be an either or choice.

  • Kristi

    I love Mary and I hope for the best with her but it is very common for people who try to go it alone in kicking drug/alcohol habits to relapse. She should seek professional help. I understand that prayer and God will help keep her on the sober route, but God also gives us the good sense to use talented and educated other people here on earth to help us when we need it. Also, she has had problems with drugs (coke, weed) in the past and it’s not uncommon for people to jump from one addiction to another. In her case alcohol. I’ve seen it happen before. It’s sad that it hast to take a tragedy for people to realize what they’re doing to themselves, but like I said, I hope for the best.

  • Cocochanel31

    I am confused because Mary said the same thing about Aaliyah’s death! I thought she had gotten sober back then!!

  • The Comment

    I like your name.

  • The Comment



    I’m like…. HUNH???? I thought you been sober for 5 years when you appeared on the Tyra Banks Show????

    I must of gotten kicked off the Mary Got Sober Train and forgot to get back on.

    Anyways…good for her!

  • The Comment

    Naw @ nmercier….I was thinking the exact same thing!

    Like…I’ve heard this before.

  • Anon

    I’ve been naturual for years, but these new “Natural Police” are making me want to go get a big blonde yaki weave with white highlights and feathered bangs and wear it in a high ponytail to swish around. And I’ve never even had braids before, much less a weave.

  • lola falone

    too funny james

  • Dalah

    I didn’t mean to give u a thumbs down. That was hi. Larious

  • justanotheropinion

    I think it’s pretty reckless of her to basically dis rehab and state that all she needs is the word of God. Although the word is almighty, you, my dear, are human. Which is why you’ve got issues. Hopefully no one else struggling with substance abuse will hear what she has to say and think they can fix their problems the same way. This is the kind of ‘ish that shouldn’t even get published – can do more harm than good.

  • Brenda Floyd

    God is all you need…..speak for yourself, dummy.

  • justanotheropinion

    My ex-bro in law had the same mind set as Mary. Shunned all rehab cuz “God would fix him and see him through because there was nothing greater than God and he can heal anyone”. He died of a heroin overdose. God does work wonders, but you also have to help your damn self.

  • gee

    She is getting so tired. She’s always got some “woe is me” story. Does she ever have anything else to talk about?

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  • Teresa

    To each its own, many have failed rehab over and over. Never the less, do what works for you, God is always able, in my opinion. However, it id not right to judge anyone from trying to change, no matter which way they choose to go by it, so please be careful with your words. In addition, if Mary chooses to keep singing that same sad song(her story), good for her. People do not share their stories enough, and she is just being honest, instead of covering up her life with lies. I take my hat off to her, at least she is empowering women.

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