News

Mary J. Blige: Whitney Houston’s death sobered me up

Mary J. Blige: Whitney Houston’s death sobered me up

FUTURE SO BRIGHT: Mary J. Blige arrives at The Grove's 11th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Spectacular Presented By Citi at The Grove on Nov. 17, in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Associated Press/Alexandra Wyman

Mary J. Blige was shocked into sobriety following the sudden death of fellow R&B superstar Whitney Houston last year, revealing she was “crushed” by the unexpected loss of her friend.

The “Real Love” hitmaker, who battled drug addiction during her youth, reveals the tragedy forced her to re-evaluate her lifestyle, prompting her to quit boozing and adopt a healthier diet in an effort to avoid a similar demise.

She tells Shape magazine, “Others may be able to drink and have a great time, but it doesn’t work for me at this point. I haven’t had a drink in a year and three months. I had quit for a long time but started again about five years ago. I’m off it completely once more, and now I feel stronger than ever.

“Whitney Houston’s death really crushed me. I saw someone so incredibly talented just diminish, and I refuse to go out like that!”

Blige shows off her new bikini body on the cover of the magazine and credits her trainer, J.R. Allen, and a strict work-out plan for her toned physique.

As part of her exercise routine, Blige has also achieved her lifelong goal of learning how to swim.

She explains, “I never swam as a kid and that always bothered me. At first, it was very hard, but once I got in the water and figured out how to breathe, it was so liberating. Now it’s helping me with every aspect of my life – personally and professionally. Conquering that fear was a huge boost to my confidence. I’m as proud of this accomplishment as I would be if I had graduated from college, which I never got to do.”

And Blige is more than happy with the results of her hard work: “I had an ‘aha!’ moment recently after a swim. I was walking by a mirror and I saw my abs, and they were crazy toned, and my arms looked unbelievable – in a good way, I was thrilled and so proud of myself… When I’m fit, I can conquer the world. I love the way I look and feel right now and I am truly comfortable in my own skin.”

Houston died in her hotel bathtub in February, 2012. Her passing was ruled an accidental drowning, combined with the effects of heart disease and cocaine use.

Recent Headlines

in Music

CHART TOPPERS: This week’s top R&B tracks

This CD cover image released by Epic shows "Xscape," a release by Michael Jackson.

LISTEN: This week's top R&B tracks, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Entertainment

WATCH: 10 best ‘Simpsons’ episodes

In this photo released by Fox, Homer explains why he wants to bring back the annual 4th of July fireworks display, after it's cancelled for budget reasons, in the "Yellow Badge of Cowardge" Season Finale episode of "The Simpsons," in May 2014. The full 25-year run of "The Simpsons" will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be paired this fall with a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy. "I'm not going to over-promise, but I think this website will provide you with affordable health care," longtime "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean told a TV critics' meeting Monday, July 21, 2014.

The recent marathon of all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons" inspired us to sit down and come up with our 10 favorite episodes. Enjoy!

in Music

‘Hip-Hop Police’ step up surveillance after shooting

Marion 'Suge' Knight at a gas station in Beverly Hills
Los Angeles, California - 28.06.06

An elite police force tasked with monitoring personal appearances by controversial hip-hop stars is stepping up its surveillance in the wake of Marion 'Suge' Knight's shooting.

in Entertainment

Lena Dunham and Kate Mara hit by a falling sign

Lena Dunham, of HBO's "Girls," arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards held at The Nokia Theatre  in Los Angeles.

The "Girls" and "House of Cards" actresses saw stars of their own after an accident at a Venice premiere.

in Entertainment

Charges dropped against Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s suspected drug dealer

In this Jan. 19, 2014 photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The GenArt Quaker Good Energy Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. Hoffman, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in "Capote," was found dead Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in his New York apartment. He was 46.

Drug-selling charges against a friend of late film star Philip Seymour Hoffman have been dropped after officers neglected to read the suspect his Miranda rights.