Ever since the '90s, Mary J. Blige has made a living out of pouring her heart and soul into her music. But while the Grammy award-winning singer has proven she's a multi-faceted talent, she's also overcome a deeply dark past. This is the tragic story of Mary J. Blige.
Growing up in Yonkers, New York with her mom Cora, sister, five cousins, and two aunts, Blige was always surrounded by music, according to the Telegraph. Hits by Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle, were always on rotation. But Blige's upbringing was anything but rosy. She told The Guardian of her family,
"The environment that I was in - they'll be mad at me, but it's the truth - they were angry, hateful, jealous, ignorant, prideful people."
Her relationship with her mother was also severely strained, particularly because mom Cora had wanted to be a singer. She said,
"It might be that she's living vicariously through me, but I believe she's gotten real bitter about it. It's probably why we've never really got along."
But by 2017, it appeared they had patched things up during VH1's Dear Mama event.
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Family drama | 0:18
High school dropout | 1:11
Struggle with depression | 1:51
Self-medicating | 2:47
Giving back | 4:07