Regardless where her 40s take her, Mary says she's ready for anything that comes her way—a realization reflected in her new number one album, Stronger with Each Tear. "For so long I felt like a weakling because I cried," she says. "But I feel like I'm cool with that vulnerability now. I'm stronger with each tear. I'm stronger after every mistake I make because I'm not going to make those mistakes anymore."
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