Singing sensation Mary J Blige does one thing every morning that ‘gets my head together.’
The 52-year-old R&B legend told People in this week’s cover story that she looks in the mirror and tells herself something nice: ‘Good morning, gorgeous.’
The star is promoting her 2022 album which is titled Good Morning Gorgeous. It has already received six Grammy nominations.
Self-esteem: Mary J. Blige revealed her new album title comes from her everyday habit of looking in the mirror and saying: ‘Good morning, gorgeous’; seen on January 14 in NYC
Covering the latest issue of she shared that she ‘can receive all the gifts’ of success now that she has gotten ‘my head together and my life together.’
She declared: ‘I can accept it all with humility and with confidence because I’ve been working so hard all my life – really, really hard.’
The musical sensation confessed that ‘I wasn’t able to see the good things until I really got my head together and my life together.’
When she tells herself: ‘Good morning, gorgeous,’ in the mirror, ‘Sometimes my eyes are all closed up. But I strain to see myself.’
The I Can Love You singer explained: ‘It’s not about the vanity of it, it’s about how we’re strengthened. No one can love me like me. Nobody can.’
Personal triumph: Covering the latest issue of People, she shared that she ‘can receive all the gifts’ of success now that she has gotten ‘my head together and my life together’
She said of the mirror routine: ‘I do it in my prayer time. There’s no makeup, no nominations for an award. It’s just me and God.” The beauty of being able to say: “I appreciate my life.” To look in the mirror, my eyes are half closed, and say something to myself that I never even believed.’
Mary also reflected on the newfound recognition she has received for having groundbreakingly fused R&B with hip hop in the 1990s to create ‘hip hop soul.’
Her icon status is being widely acknowledged, to the point Atlanta has even officially declared May 5 to be Mary J. Blige Day.
‘Being the trailblazer ahead of that whole movement. I honestly can say back then I didn’t know what I was doing. I was just making music,’ said she.
Feted: The 52-year-old ‘Queen Of R&B’ has been showered with accolades for Good Morning, Gorgeous, including six Grammy nominations
‘I feel like I’m getting the credit that I deserve now, but for a while, people were just passing by me. I don’t blame anyone. I was passing by myself.’
Referring to herself in the third person, she declared: ‘Mary J. Blige is happy. Happy with herself and happy with her life.’
Mary, who finalized her divorce from her husband and manager Kendu Isaacs in 2018 after a 15-year marriage, reflected on her journey to gain self-esteem.
‘I didn’t care about myself. I didn’t love myself. You get what you’re giving yourself. So now that I’m giving to myself, I’m getting it all,’ she said.
Only the best: Mary recently threw a star-studded birthday party at Cipriani Wall Street, welcoming a glittering guest list including Usher (right)
A couple of years ago Mary laid her bleakest moments bare in a harrowing documentary about herself called My Life.
She reflected on how reflected on how her iconic 1994 album My Life was inspired by a time when she was ‘depressed and didn’t wanna live.’
‘I had it all inside and I was able to sing it and write it,’ she spilled. ‘I didn’t know that so many people felt the same way.’
At another point she said of her relationship with her public: ‘There’s just something really powerful about inspiring each other to wanna live to see another day.’
Mary shared: ‘My Life is probably my darkest album, at one of the darkest times I’ve had. Most of the times I just was just depressed and didn’t want to live.’
During the film she also looked back at her hardscrabble childhood, much of which was spent in a housing project in Yonkers.
‘Didn’t wanna live’: A couple of years ago Mary laid her bleakest moments bare in a harrowing documentary about herself called My Life
Her nurse mother was an alcoholic and her father – who abused the mother – was a Vietnam veteran with PTSD who walked out when Mary was four.
‘In the neighborhood we lived in, it’s like prison,’ said Mary. ‘There was a lot wrong and there was a lot – I needed to get out. That’s why I had that pen.’
Mary frequently spoke about the solace she took in work saying: ‘The only thing I think that kept us guided was the music. It just saved you.’