Singing sensation Mary J Blige does one thing every morning that “puts my head together.”
The 52-year-old R&B legend told People on this week’s cover story that she looks in the mirror and says something nice to herself: “Good morning, beautiful.”
The star is promoting her 2022 album titled Good Morning Gorgeous. It has already received six Grammy nominations.
Self-Esteem: Mary J. Blige revealed that her new album title stems from her daily habit of looking in the mirror and saying, “Good morning, beautiful”; seen on January 14 in NYC
In the latest issue of she shared that she can receive “all the gifts” of success now that she’s got “my head together and my life together.”
She stated, “I can take it all with humility and confidence because I’ve worked so hard all my life—very, very hard.”
The musical sensation confessed that “I couldn’t see the good stuff until I really got my head together and my life in order.”
When she says to herself, “Good morning, beauty,” in the mirror, “Sometimes my eyes are all closed.” But I’m making an effort to see myself.’
The I Can Love You singer explained, “It’s not about the vanity of it, it’s about how we’re empowered. No one can love me like me. Nobody can.’
Personal Triumph: In the latest issue of People, she shared that she can receive “all the gifts” of success now that she’s got “my head together and my life together”
She said of the mirror routine, “I do it during my prayer time. There is no makeup, no award nominations. It’s just me and God.” The beauty of being able to say, “I value my life.” To look in the mirror, my eyes half closed, and say something to myself that I didn’t even believe.’
Mary also reflected on the newfound recognition she has received for pioneering the merging of R&B with hip-hop in the 1990s to create “hip-hop soul.”
Her icon status is widely recognized, to the point that Atlanta has even officially declared May 5 as Mary J. Blige Day.
“Being the forerunner of that whole movement. I can honestly say I didn’t know what I was doing at the time. I was just making music,” she said.
Feted: The 52-year-old ‘Queen Of R&B’ is showered with accolades for Good Morning, Gorgeous, including six Grammy nominations
“I feel like I’m getting the credit I deserve now, but for a while people just walked right past me. I don’t blame anyone. I passed myself.’
Referring to herself in the third person, she stated, “Mary J. Blige is happy. Happy with herself and happy with her life.’
Mary, who finalized her divorce from husband and manager Kendu Isaacs in 2018 after 15 years of marriage, reflected on her journey to gain self-esteem.
‘I didn’t care about myself. I didn’t love myself. You get what you give yourself. So now that I give to myself, I get everything,” she said.
Only the best: Mary recently threw a star-studded birthday party at Cipriani Wall Street and welcomed a glittering guest list, including Usher (right)
A few years ago, Mary laid bare her darkest moments in a poignant documentary about herself called My Life.
She reflected on how she reflected on how her iconic 1994 album My Life was inspired by a time when she was “depressed and didn’t want to live.”
“I had it all in me and I could sing it and write it,” she spilled. “I didn’t know so many people felt the same way.”
At another point, she said of her relationship with her audience, “There’s just something really powerful about inspiring each other to want to live another day.”
Mary said: ‘My Life is probably my darkest album, in one of the darkest times I’ve had. Most of the time I was just depressed and didn’t want to live.’
During the film, she also reflected on her tough childhood, which she spent most of the time in a housing project in Yonkers.
‘Didn’t wanna live’: A few years ago, Mary laid bare her darkest moments in a poignant documentary about herself called My Life
Her nursing mother was an alcoholic and her mother-abusive father-was a Vietnam veteran with PTSD who ran away when Mary was four.
“The neighborhood we lived in was like a prison,” Mary said. “There was a lot wrong and a lot was – I had to get out. That’s why I had that pen.’
Mary often spoke of the comfort she took in her work, saying, “I think the only thing that guided us was the music. It just saved you.’