Folks are still obsessing over Mary J. Blige’s flawless Shape Magazine spread and now we get the backstory on her fitness routine. In addition to logging 6-8 miles of cardio per week, the “Share My World” songstress also cites late singer Whitney Houston as inspiration to get healthy.
“Whitney Houston’s death really crushed me.. I saw someone so incredibly talented just diminish, and I refuse to go out like that,” she says of the legendary singer who succumbed to drug abuse in 2012.
As a result, Mary continues the fight against her own demons by abstaining from alcohol and conquering old fears like swimming.
“Others may be able to drink and have a great time, but it doesn’t work for me at this point. I haven’t had a drink in a year and three months. I had quit for a long time but started again about five years ago. I’m off it completely once more, and now I feel stronger than ever,” she says of her sober lifestyle.
“At first, it was very hard, but once I got in the water and figured out how to breathe, it was so liberating. Now it’s helping me with every aspect of my life – personally and professionally. Conquering that fear was a huge boost to my confidence.”