Mary J. Blige Talks Money Woes & Professional Missteps: “A Lot Of It Came From Not Paying Attention”

April 21, 2015  |  

A couple of years ago, it seemed that every other day Mary J. Blige was making headlines for not having her business affairs in order. In 2013, she was hit with tax liens by both the IRS and the state of New Jersey. The very same year, the singer also made the news after being served with eviction papers—not to mention that she was sued by both Bank of America and Signature Bank for defaulting on loans. And then of course, it was that “crispy chicken” song scandal with Burger King.

In a recent interview with NBC BLK, the 44-year-old explained that going overseas to record her most recent album The London Sessions, helped her to overcome all of the turmoil she was experiencing here in the States.

“Well, I don’t really know why a lot of it was happening,” she shared, “it was just time for it to happen and it was time for it to happen to me, so it could push me to another level and another place.”

As for what went wrong, Mary insists that she trusted the wrong people to take care of her business. She also blamed herself for not paying close enough attention to what was happening.

“It was a disastrous,” she confessed. “And a lot of it came from not paying attention; a lot of it came from just trusting the wrong people. And it was a wakeup call, it was a huge humongous wakeup call for me to say ‘Look, you don’t need any of these people around and I’m going to make sure that you see how fast they run when this happens.’ And it was just the biggest wakeup call ever.”

Of course, this wasn’t the first time the singer has endured hardship, but she admits that living in the age of social media and blogs made the trial a lot more difficult. At the same time, Mary says that she can look back and appreciate the experience.

“I’m grateful for it though and it hurt like hell because it was public and it all over and I was like ‘good Lord.’ It was very, very painful because back in the day, I’ve been through hell but with today’s social media and the news and it was something so big and disastrous it had to be for something good.”

She continued:

“I’m not going to sit here and say I’m Hercules. When you have so much negativity at one time over something that didn’t even have to do with anything, it’s a lot to take in because it’s all energy.”

“And when you see the amount of it, you get to see exactly who you are. And it’s how you respond to it or react. And what I learned is that I really respond well because I don’t pay it any mind but the fact is that a lot of it hurt. But at the end of the day, you won’t know it hurts. So, I just learned my strength in that. I learned my weaknesses and it’s a whole other level from back in the days. I’m somewhere else in my life. It’s a whole other strength that I learned that I had.”

It’s always great when you can emerge from a storm better and more enlightened than you were when you went in. Definitely wishing Miss Mary the best!

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