Mary J. Blige is on an emotional journey, but she has no regrets.
The 46-year-old singer, who split from estranged husband Kendu Isaacs, last year, is opening up about her personal life, and the therapeutic process of recording her new album, “Strength of a Woman”.
“Every day is a process because it’s a lot that’s going on. But, there’s a lot of light in all this darkness,” the singing powerhouse told Power 105.1 host Angie Martinez during her iHeartRadio Album Release Party at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City on Tuesday.
At one point in her chat with Martinez, the GRAMMY winner was almost brought to tears when referencing the “hurt” and “betrayal” that led to her breakup with Isaacs.
“You found out you [weren’t] what this person wanted, for all these years. And that somebody [else] was better,” said Blige. “That’s wounding.”
Despite the breakup, Blige has found the positive side of a seemingly “dark” time in her life.
“The beautiful thing is that I got the chance to take something so dark and give my fans a smile on their faces, and give them something that they can appreciate,” Blige noted. “Every single day it’s a challenge, it’s a trial. But, through this trial, I’m going to take care of myself, work out, pray, keep my head up and smile through it.”
Blige also dished on her “super personal” new release, sharing some of the stories behind tracks like “Indestructible”, “Survivor”, “Glow Up”, “Set Me Free” and “Thank You”.
Following the emotional Q&A, Blige kicked off a three-song performance, led by her 1992 single, “Real Love”. She closed out the set with “Thick of It,” the lead single from “Strength of a Woman”.