American singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist Mary J. Blige celebrated her birthday on January 11. Recently the singer appeared on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' and explained what happened on that special date
"When it hit at 12 o'clock that night, I just cried like a baby because I made it," she said. "I've been through hell in my life. And to make it to 50, it was just beautiful."
Last month, on her 50th birthday she shared a selection of snapshots from her Turks and Caicos beach vacation where she looks astonishing with long hair and a bikini.
She then detailed how has the Covid quarantine has transcurred in her personal life and whats she has been up to. "I really don't like to listen to even the sound of my speaking voice, let alone listen back to Mary J. Blige," she explained. "But I've grown so much, you know, in confidence that during the quarantine, I don't know, just something just said, 'Listen to some Mary J. Blige.' And I did. I felt like an outside person doing it."
Mary J.Blige has openly addressed her past drug addiction and this time was no different when she explained why listening to her old lyrics encouraged her. "What blew me away is, like, you know, so many of the lyrics was helping me now during the quarantine and in my life," she continued. "And what I couldn't understand was how could somebody so messed up that was, you know, drinking and on drugs and just a crazy person, you know, young person write those lyrics that can help me through everything that I'm going through right now. It's like listening to another person, especially during the time we were all just, you know, suffering in the quarantine and in this pandemic, you know?"
"I was listening to the My Life album during the pandemic, and I was listening to 'My Life,' the song 'My Life,' and I was like, 'Wow, how did I write those lyrics? How did I do that?'" she said. "Because it was a time where we all needed to be patient, and I know I need patience. And the line, 'Take your time, one day at a time. It's all on you. What you gonna do?' was like, that was, you know, that was the healer for me. Like, 'Just sit-down Mary and relax. You're not going anywhere.'"
Last month, Mary was joined by Missy Elliott, Gabrielle Union, Angela Bassett, Common, and gospel legend Karen Clark Sheard for a virtual birthday celebration.