Mary J. BligeLast year, the death of Whitney Houston sent shockwaves around the music industry. From Brandy to Jennifer Hudson, many celebrities talked publicly about how her passing affected their lives and careers. Now, Mary J Blige has shared her story, confessing that Whitney’s death helped her kick alcohol.

Blige, who has had a decade-long struggle with alcohol addiction, said Whitney’s sudden death hit her hard and she decided to turn to God instead of the bottle.

“I didn’t want to go to rehab. I believe that anything man himself can do for me, God can do in a greater way. I decided to pray and to seek God on my own. I just stayed in the Word. And it worked,” she said in an interview with Los Angeles Confidential magazine.

“Whitney Houston’s death really affected me. Her death is another reason I stopped,” she confessed. “I really do think I’m done. I looked at how that woman could not perform anymore.”

Blige went on to say that her journey to sobriety has had some bumpy roads. “I chose to learn how to drink socially and it didn’t work,” she said. “The test comes when you have to decide whether you’re drinking to be social or drinking to cover up something again. To cover up depression, to cover up guilt. Shame. Abandonment… Once I realized, ‘There you go again,’ I had to stop.”

Whitney Houston’s death was a sad turn of events, but good thing Mary was able to make a positive change from it.

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