Mary J Blige is a very versatile woman that although many have come to only see as a singer, is also an actress, and a model. As regards music which is what has brought her to the limelight, the woman is a singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, as well as an actress. While holding the mic is her main thing, she is also a songwriter and a producer.
Mary J Blige, Age, Family, and Full Biography
It was on January 11, 1971, that the songstress was born as Mary Jane Blige. That was in Bronx, New York, but her family later moved to Savannah, Georgia where she was raised alongside her three siblings. Mary J. as she is fondly called was practically raised by her mother after her father who was an alcoholic walked out on the family. Because of this, Blige moved from place to place with her family.
Although she got to start her education, the Queen of Hip-Hop-Soul as she is regarded, decided to quit school in her junior high school. She just chose to stay off school and go after other things, but her talent was still there. To complement things, she decided to start making her friends’ hair at home.
Growing up, life was not the easiest for the singer even as her mother was a nurse. Apart from financially, she has also suffered a lot of Child Abuse since she was only five. This continued until she became an adult. This didn’t leave her without depression and mental problems to deal with, and it was because of this that she later got too much into alcohol. She also came to self-hate as a result of the things she suffered. What later gave her a way out and would keep helping her is her music.
Break into music
With overwhelming talent, Mary J Blige broke into fame in the early 1990s with her first album. Before then, however, she got signed to Uptown Records after her stepfather passed on her karaoke recording to the Record. She played as a backup singer for sometime before getting her footing with the help of Sean “Puffy” Combs who was then a young producer.
Her first solo album, What’s the 411?, became a hit almost immediately after it was released. Not just that, it brought together different genres of music but also brought a lot of influence on soul music as it is today.
She released her next album in 1994, My Life. Just like the first, it was another great success, selling over 4 million copies worldwide. She was even bigger in 1997 with her next album, Share My World. The subsequent albums she would release would only keep cementing her place as one of the immortals of the music world. Her following albums are Mary (1999), No More Drama (2001), Love & Life (2003), The Breakthrough (2005), Growing Pains (2007), Stronger With Each Tear (2009), My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1) (2011), A Mary Christmas (2013), The London Sessions (2014), and Strength of a Woman (2017).
As an actress, Mary J Blige has been a part of many movies and Television shows such as Prison Song (2001), I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009), Mudbound (2017), and Sherlock Gnomes (2018). She is also a part of Empire (2015), How To Get Away With Murder (2016), and The Umbrella Academy (2018).
Through her years as a singer, she has walked home with many nominations and awards including 9 Grammy Awards and World Music Awards. She has also won a lot of nominations as an actress including 3 Golden Globe Award nominations for her role in Mudbound (2017). That made her the first woman ever to receive multiple nominations.
Approaching 50, Mary J. Blige recently got a divorce from her husband of 12 years in 2017. The singer and her former husband who also doubled as her manager, Kendu Isaacs, got married on December 7, 2003. This was after they met and began dating in 2000.
Having sustained together for a long time, the singer filed a divorce against her husband in 2016, and by 2017, they were no longer an item. The divorce, according to papers filed was sought for as a result of irreconcilable differences. It was later reported that Kendu Isaac might have cheated on his wife.
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Before meeting her husband, the singer has had a very interesting dating history. Among the other men she has dated are K-Ci Hailey, with whom she had been in a very long relationship, Anthony ‘Treach’ Criss, Case Woodard, and NAS. More so, after her marriage to Martin “Kendu” Isaacs ended, she has been spotted with actor Jason Mitchell. This has led many people into believing that the woman is dating the much younger Straight Outta Compton star. The fact that she has taken to her social media pages to share a picture of the two of them together has even fanned the speculations even more.
Mary J Blige Net worth
Having spent close to 30 years in the music industry as well as having a good spell as an actress and a model, Mary has covered places that many others can only get to cover in their dreams and imaginations. Consequent to this, it is only normal and of course, fair that one would expect her to have a very good net worth. Well, she does. Mary J. Blige has a net worth that is estimated to go over $12 million dollars.
Height and Body Stats
As at 2018, the age of J Blige is 47. Here is all you need to know about the height and body measurements of the Queen of Hip-Hop-Soul:
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 145 lbs or 66 kg
Bra Size: 34C
Body Measurements: 36-32-38 in (91.5-81-96.5 cm)
Shoe Size: 8 (US) or 6 (UK) or 38.5 (EU)