Mary J. Blige is in full on promotional mode for her upcoming new album ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues,’ which will arrive in stores November 21. For the new album, which is led by the singles “25/8” and “Mr. Wrong” featuring Drake, Blige intends to show the world that challenges are a part of life and everyone can prevail.
“What I wanted to do with this album is show how far we’ve come and how much we’ve grown and how much understanding we have of life now,” she told London’s morning show Daybreak. “We didn’t understand why we were suffering so badly, but now we get it, we understand that life is full of challenges and what will we be if we weren’t challenged in life.”
If anyone knows about adversity, it’s MJB, who had a tumultuous childhood growing up in the projects.
“I was abused as a child and it caused me to go into substance abuse and I had no love for myself because of the guilt and shame that came with that, so maybe I just started hating into myself and not loving myself and it snowballed into this thing that was bigger than me,” Blige previously told BBC Breakfast about moving from the projects to a career in music.
She continues: “â¦so I think it’s important to do a sequel to the My Life album, because we need to be reminded how far we’ve come because we were in such a dark, suicidal place where we really needed help and we have grown tremendously, understanding that we have to love ourselves.”
Blige also commented on the late Amy Winehouse, using her own experiences to expand on life’s challenges.
“The thing is this: we don’t know what someone is dealing with. We only know the surface of what we see, we don’t know what’s in her mind, we don’t know how deep her demons or situation were,” Mary told Daybreak.
She continues: “Everyone doesn’t like to go to another human being because they’re ashamed and their guilty, but I feel like I’ve been embarrassed and ashamed all my life, why not ask someone for help?”