Word On The Curb: June 27 Mary J. Blige On Bouncing Back After Divorce, Fantasia Explains Why She Cooks Her Own Food, Drives Her Own Car And Does Everything For Herself

Mary J. Blige On Bouncing Back After Divorce

After winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards, Mary J Blige is now speaking out about how she recovered from her heartbreaking divorce. She mentioned that one way she has dealt with her past is by being conscious of how those lessons shaped her success.

“If I could tell my younger self something, I would tell her don’t be afraid of your imperfections, because one day people are going to love you for them,”

For decades, she has crafted music to carry women through triumph and heartache.

Mary said, “To be able to touch people with what you’ve gone through and pull them though…the sadness makes me happy almost. I can’t even describe it.”

Mary J went through a very public divorce with her husband/manager Kendu Isaacs. They were married for twelve years, before she filed for divorce in 2016. As the years passed, she now understands her recovery from her devastating divorce as a reflection of her own resilience.

“I have to keep moving, I have to keep living. I said, ‘No, I’m not going to stay in this marriage. I’m out of here.’ That’s what thriving is about.”

Fantasia Explains Why She Cooks Her Own Food, Drives Her Own Car And Does Everything For Herself

If you believe that every celebrity has chefs and chauffeurs and private trainers and all of the other trappings often associated with stardom, Fantasia wants you to know you’re wrong.

Earlier this week, while visiting The Tammi Mac Show in L.A. following the BET Awards, Fantasia explained how she got into such great shape. She said she works out and eats well. The host of the show assumed that because Fantasia is financially stable that it’s easy for her to keep herself together, but Fantasia quickly let her know that’s not the case. She emphatically stated that she is just like “regular people,” and outside of the industry events, she takes care of everything for herself because she’s known what it’s like to find yourself at the bottom financially. Fantasia said that she normal like everyone else, and don’t even like the fame.

Fantasia said “I lost everything twice. So, I cook my own food. I don’t need no chef, I’m from North Carolina, my grandma and my mama taught me how to cook. I cook my own food, I don’t have a chef. I go get my own groceries. I don’t have a driver, I drive my own car. That’s fake. I don’t want that life or else I quit. I don’t want it. It’s already a lot out here in the industry. I don’t want that life. I’m just like you, sis. I’m just like you.

She spoke on Tyler Perry’s speech at the BET Awards and the importance of owning your own stuff.

“He was one of the ones, when I lost everything, he came and blessed me. And I thank him for that.”
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