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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  • justanotheropinion

    I think it’s pretty reckless of her to basically dis rehab and state that all she needs is the word of God. Although the word is almighty, you, my dear, are human. Which is why you’ve got issues. Hopefully no one else struggling with substance abuse will hear what she has to say and think they can fix their problems the same way. This is the kind of ‘ish that shouldn’t even get published – can do more harm than good.

    • Brenda Floyd

      God is all you need…..speak for yourself, dummy.

    • justanotheropinion

      My ex-bro in law had the same mind set as Mary. Shunned all rehab cuz “God would fix him and see him through because there was nothing greater than God and he can heal anyone”. He died of a heroin overdose. God does work wonders, but you also have to help your damn self.

  • gee

    She is getting so tired. She’s always got some “woe is me” story. Does she ever have anything else to talk about?

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  • Teresa

    To each its own, many have failed rehab over and over. Never the less, do what works for you, God is always able, in my opinion. However, it id not right to judge anyone from trying to change, no matter which way they choose to go by it, so please be careful with your words. In addition, if Mary chooses to keep singing that same sad song(her story), good for her. People do not share their stories enough, and she is just being honest, instead of covering up her life with lies. I take my hat off to her, at least she is empowering women.