Mary J. Blige fronts the latest issue of Variety magazine with her Mudbound collaborators, actress Carey Mulligan and filmmaker Dee Rees.
In the feature, the R&B superstar gets personal about her failed relationship with ex-husband Kendu Isaacs and what the marriage taught her.
“I used a lot of my own heaviness from my own misery that I was living in that horrible marriage,” Blige revealed about relating to her character Florence. “I was just dying in it. I knew something was wrong. I just couldn’t prove it. I just had all the heaviness of not feeling right, not feeling good. I gave it to Florence.”
But despite the recent dark place in her life, Blige continues to move forward.
“I’m doing OK. I’m living,” she says. “I’m not happy about a lot of things. I thought someone loved me, right? Turns out, he was a con artist and he didn’t, and now he’s coming after me for all my money. When you come out of something like that, you realize you were never the one. There was someone else that was his queen. I got played. I got suckered. I have to keep smiling and keep my spirits up because this is designed to kill me.”
Praying for MARY! If anyone can get through life’s bumps and bruises, it’s her!