Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Childhood Molestation

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Opening up about an emotional topic, Mary J. Blige told VH1's Behind the Music that being molested when she was a child made her feel "worthless."

Last night, the Grammy award-winning singer gave a candid interview in which she talks about her difficult childhood and molested at the age of five.

Discussing the sexual abuse, Mary said: "When I was five years old I was molested and just, you know. I remember feeling, literally right before it happened, I just could not believe that this person was going to do this to me."

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However, the fear and anger soon turned to blaming herself. She added: "That thing followed me all my life. The shame of thinking my molestation was my fault."

"It led me to believe I wasn't worth anything."

Mary also opened up about her alcohol problems and credits husband Kendu for her ability to quit: "When I stopped drinking, it was willpower."

"It was prayer. It was really hard. But most of all, I cared so much about [Kendu], I didn't wanna be just this alcoholic burden on him."

In addition to Kendu, she is eternally grateful to Diddy:

"If it wasn't for him I probably wouldn't have made it this far in my career, because he pushed me, challenged me to challenge myself."

We applaud Mary for speaking so candidly on such topics, and wish her nothing but the best in her continuing musical pursuits.





I agree with Deric sexual abuse is very's S0 Sad! Sexual abuse is very tragic and changes your life 4-ever.
My prayers are with u Mary J


I can't even finish reading all the negative comments, you bunch of miserable b....itches. cold hearted bastards, you all need to go to church and ask God for forgiveness and you better pray that no one you love, a sister Your tmother or God forbid your daughter never experiemce anythingi so devastering if you have one .because then you'll would have to swallow your own nasty ass comments. I wonder how you vicious people would react if you or a loved one were sexually molested or worst your daughter or son for that matter to see if you tell him or her to get over it and then again maybe it should happen I wonder how you guys would react then,


She confronted her demonds. If more celebrities do this early,maybe their will no more drummer in their lives. :)


I too am sick of celeb's playing the molestation card. What qualifies as molestation anyway. She doesn't say what happened so how do I know. Just because she says so. PLEASE... She should just take responsibility for being a Hood Rat who is finally learning how to control herself and not take her gifts for granted.


sorry to hear that ---- now that she's grown stronger from it - is she helping abused women and men and children with all her monies - not hating -- but kind of tired of hearing the abusive story from celebs


A few questions?:
Did she do something wrong? Why is she playing the 'molested as a child' card? Why does she think that saying this will make us feel sorry for her?


Any sick stupid lowlife who loves molesting little innocent children just makes me sick to my stomach. Those stupid child molesters don't deserve a second chance in life. To hell with molestation and sexual abuse. Sexual abusers makes me even more sick and really blows me off hearing about it.


what a cold and uncaring place the world has become. even though sexual abuse is very common it is still a life altering catastrophe that warrants compassion for every single person who was a victim. my God people !


My psychic radar is telling me there an album coming out soon ......every time that lady or others are coming out with a album she always has some type of issues ironic singing no more drama in ur life n yet ur such a drama queen

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