Mary J. Blige On Her Public Divorce: 'I Was Beginning To Think I Was Nothing'

The singer speaks candidly about going through her painful divorce in the public eye.

Essence Jul, 01, 2017
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How is it when you have this public Mary but then behind the scenes you're trying to find that strength of the woman you are? Well because when mentally you've been, how can I say it? Beaten down, manipulated In front of the world, you have to especially if you're in a relationship, you're trying to protect the person and you're trying to hold yourself together. So when you've been beaten down mentally, you go home and you suffer and you deal with that. I'm sorry. I'm speaking for everybody else. But I was beginning to think I was nothing. [LAUGH] You know, I was beginning to think those things. You know, there will be people who will say 'how is that possible' that Mary J, you know that my sister was murdered, I speak out for domestic violence awareness. I think a lot of women don't get that it doesn't matter economic, it doesn't matter race, it doesn't matter where you're from. You can find yourself in these situations. That make you feel like you're not that. Well, that's because being Mary Jane Blige, the celebrity, is secondary. I'm a human being at first. And I suffer just like everybody else. [APPLAUSE]