“That Thing Was Taken Totally Out Of Context” Mary J Blige Clarifies The No Female Friends Comment

December 2, 2014  |  

Today marks the release of Mary J Blige’s thirteenth album. It’s called London Sessions. So she appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” today to discuss the process of making it. The title comes from the fact that she traveled to London by herself to record this album with producers and engineers she had never worked with before, in an unfamiliar environment. Mary told Wendy that she felt like she needed to do something different as an artist in order to shake herself up a bit.

In addition to recording and enjoying London’s parks, Mary made a point to reach out to Amy Winehouse’s father while she was there. Mary has said before that she was greatly inspired by Winehouse’s music and identified with her struggle with drugs and alcohol. Mary told Wendy that she’d felt like just as she was coming out of that hell, Winehouse was walking into it.

Mary said that she always admired the fact that Amy was open and honest about her struggle, particularly with her song “Rehab.” Which led Wendy to ask Mary how she managed to get clean without the aid of rehab.

Here’s what she had to say.

I’m real with myself. I’m hard. I do the hard stuff first. I pray and I really look at what I need to do to take responsibly. And that’s the hard part when you look at what you’re doing wrong. And that’s why I think people need or want to go see a doctor to get to the part where they say, ‘It’s me. I’m responsible for this.’ I’m not afraid to say that. Because you’ll end up stuck and in denial if you don’t do that. 

Mary J also revealed that she had to stop socially drinking because it didn’t work. She realized that she was overdoing it.

And then they quickly transitioned to her marriage and since she couldn’t remember, Wendy asked her how she got married.

In my house. The goal– I didn’t want a bunch of fake…I  wanted love there. I wore a white gown, a Vera Wang. It was sleek. 

Then Wendy asked about her upcoming anniversary and if she makes a big deal of it.

I’m just happy that my man is still with me and he’s had the courage to stay with me. I’m grateful for that. 

Wendy also asked her to clarify the no friends of the opposite sex comment.

There was more said than that. That thing was taken totally out of context. He’s had friends before he’s known me. And I know all of his female friends. They’re like his sisters so we’re all family. But any of these new chicks and all of this new stuff…(makes a swatting /”get out of here” motion.) And if they are new, we’ll all make friends. We’ll all be friends. 

Now, that she’s clarified her comments, do you agree with her?

She also addressed her father being stabbed by his ex girlfriend and then she and Wendy played a game, giving out advice to the audience members. You can watch Mary’s full segment in the video below.

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