Mary J. Blige Reveals What She Would Say To Her 13-Year-Old Self

Fans of Mary J. Blige often feel as if they’ve been by her side as she’s publicly weathered storms. With a career that spans decades and has outlasted every shift in the industry, Blige regularly reflects on the upbringing that brought her to the successes she now enjoys. Good Morning Gorgeous chronicled the highs and lows that the Queen of Hip Hop-Soul has battled—from addictions to heartache to divorce from rebuilding, Blige has is laying all her cards on the table.

This hard work has resulted in TIME naming the singer one of its 100 Most Influential People of 2022. In an interview with the outlet, Blige once again spoke about being raised in a rough Brox neighborhood “where women did not feel good about themselves.”