She's sold more than 40 million records worldwide, and with her album Growing Pains topping the charts, Mary J. Blige is still capturing fans with her one-of-a-kind soulful sound. Dr. Angelou talks with Mary about overcoming her abusive childhood to find success in the music industry.
Growing up in New York City, Mary says she was abused and molested as a child. The abuse changed her life and set her on a path of destruction with bad relationships, drugs and alcohol, she says. While she eventually overcame her painful past, Mary says her hardships were an important part of her growth. "I had to go through it in order for someone to be able to hear me," she says. "I forgive everyone that has damaged me, because at the end of the day the damage is done and I have to do something about it."
Mary credits her loving relationship with her husband, record industry executive Kendu Isaacs, and her faith in God with helping her become sober and find fulfillment in her life and career. As for having children one day, Mary says she hasn't ruled out the possibility. "It's not something I am planning, but if it happens, so be it," she says.
Printed from Oprah.com on Tuesday, December 10, 2013