Mary J. Blige Says Whitney Houston Inspired Her Healthy Lifestyle


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.”