Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Divorce, Working with Kanye West and more

There’s no holding back Mary J. Blige. Despite her very public divorce, the singer is focusing her energy on her 13th album, Strength of a Woman, which is set to drop on April 28. While on her promo run in New York City, Blige stopped by Power 105.1’s The Angie Martinez Show for an interview. During her candid conversation with host Angie Martinez, Blige opened up about her divorce, her new album, teaming with Kanye West and much more.

Check out excerpts from Blige’s interview with Martinez below:

On why she’s getting a divorce: The overwhelming disrespect. Just disrespect, you’re too familiar, you’re way too familiar and you’re disrespecting me and I know, I can sense that I’m not what you want anymore. Because now you start throwing questions around like “ok why you don’t cook?” I haven’t been cooking. “Why you don’t wear your hair like that?” I never wore my hair like this before what’s up with you? You know, so you start to realize that this man doesn’t want you and he’s just gone all the time and you’re by yourself in the relationship. You realize you’re just by yourself in the relationship and you’re just suffering through it. Now it’s time to do some investigating.

On how she feels about her husband’s spousal support request: He has the power to make it all go away if he just would stop demanding what he’s demanding. And that’s not fair to me because he doesn’t deserve what he’s demanding. It’s not fair that you know, why do I have to pay you and why do you think you deserve this amount of money? Why you think you deserve any money? You know?  You didn’t make me. You’re not God. So I have to pay you? Being my husband and being my manager you say you “helped” me and yeah you helped, but you didn’t build me and this career I was Mary J. Blige before I even met you. So that’s not fair of you. And this is the sickness.

On collaborating with Kanye West: I’m a fan of Kanye I’ve always love Kanye and wanted to work with Kanye. So, I reached out to his manager and got a number on him and began to text him about how I really wanted him and I knew him, we speak you know we see each other but it’s never like “hey Kanye would you do a record with me?” but I knew I needed him on “Love Yourself.” So, texting him back and forth to the point where he was like “you know why don’t you come over and we sit and talk and you know tell me what you want” and the rest is history you know, he’s Kanye. He’s creative.

On her new album Strength of a WomanIt is I mean on the “My Life” album when I was going through everything I was going through and it was dark, it was the first time I ever really spoke personally and said “help me.” Now I’m saying “you know what, I’m a little pissed right now and hurt and all of that, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel, but I’m human and this is hard. This is a lot to deal with.” So, this album just embodies what I’m dealing with. What I have to deal with, every five minutes there’s something going on that makes me want to choke somebody. It’s really really hard you know, but then there’s moment when I go spend time with you and we hang out for our birthdays and it’s the most beautiful time.

Watch Mary J. Blige’s interview with Angie Martinez below.

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Justine Skye Releases Video for ‘Don’t Think About It’

After announcing her debut album, Ultraviolet, Justine Skye has released a video for her single “Don’t Think About It.” The dance-heavy clip was choreographed by Laurieann Gibson, who also co-directed the video with Life Garland.

Ultraviolet is scheduled to release on January 19, 2018 via Roc Nation.

Watch Justine Skye’s video for “Don’t Think About It” below.

Aisha Badru Shares ‘Bridges’ Video

Alternative R&B singer Aisha Badru has released a visual for her new single “Bridges.”

Directed by Nathan Presley, the cinematic clip touches on overcoming obstacles in a relationship with the biggest obstacle sometimes being ourselves.

“There’ll be mountains for us to climb / There’ll be days when the sun won’t shine / But I’ll stick to it / Oh, I swear,” she sings.

“Bridges” is lifted from Badru’s forthcoming debut album that is scheduled to release in 2018. The album will also include her song “Mind on Fire,” which has garnered 5 million streams on Spotify.

Watch Aisha Badru’s “Bridges” video below.

Mary J. Blige Talks Golden Globe Nominations: ‘I’m Just So Grateful’

Mary J. Blige has a lot to be proud of. Blige has been nominated for two Golden Globes, including best supporting actress and best original song in the Netflix film Mudbound. 

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul spoke with The Los Angeles Times about how she felt about her nomination, which she found out about while still in bed. “This is different because [acting] is something I’ve always set out to do and I wanted to get it right and do it right,” she said. “The reward that comes with this is this nomination so I’m grateful. It feels good because I’m being nominated for something other than singing. [laughs] I don’t even know what else to say. I’m just so grateful.”

Blige also dished on what she hopes people take away from her character Florence Jackson in the film.”To be humble. To be powerful. To know who we are. Florence is like every woman. She’s the center and holds things together without getting too emotional about it,” Blige said. “She loves her family. So, I hope people know that … you can figure a way out of things. Florence was a quiet, silent power.”

Mudbound follows the story of two men – one white, one black – returning home from WWII to life on the Mississippi Delta. As their families struggle to share the land, they discover what they hold in common is more true than what tears them apart.

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