Mary J. has fought many substance abuse demons during her career; the first being cocaine and marijuana, which she battled and won. But for ten years afterwards, Blige turned to alcohol addiction. However, in speaking with Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, Blige revels that she’s now putting the alcohol away for good, and it’s all because of Whitney Houston’s death, implying the tragedy was a wake-up call.
“Whitney Houston’s death really affected me. Her death is another reason I stopped. I really do think I’m done. I looked at how that woman could not perform anymore,” she stated, referring to Houston’s vocal decline during her last years.
The 42-year-old said Houston’s death made her realize that she needs to seek “spiritual help” for her alcoholism.