Mary J. Blige in love with Michael Jackson since young and wanted to marry him

29 November 2013 / 2 years 10 months ago

Mary J. Blige wanted to marry Michael Jackson. 

The 'No More Drama' singer was a huge fan of the late King of Pop and had a huge crush on him when she was growing up. 

She admitted: "As a kid, I was in love with Michael Jackson, and I just knew I was going to marry him someday."

Mary nearly didn't become a singer as she was so good at doing people's hair and thought she would end up doing that full time. 

She added to Us Weekly magazine: "Growing up, I was the preferred hairstylist for all of my friends. 

The star also talked about her backstage rituals and how she always has a soothing drink to help loosen and warm up her vocal cords before giving a concert.

She said: "I still get nervous about singing. I drink tea with honey and lemon before every concert. And I need to have scented candles in all of my hotel rooms."

In addition, Whitney Houston's death made Mary J. Blige quit alcohol.

The 'Be Without You' songstress says her close pal's death in February 2012 had such a profound effect on her she began contemplating her own mortality and gave up drinking in a bid to boost her health.

She said: "I was at her funeral [and] being that close to someone you loved so dearly, in a coffin, it freaked me out. It made me realise the importance of my own life.

"I didn't stop overnight, it was a process. I feel great right now. I have more clarity, more focus, more patience. And I lost weight. When you stop drinking it flies off!"

The 42-year-old star will even abstain from toasting her 10-year anniversary with husband Kendu Isaacs with a glass of champagne next year.

She told The Guardian newspaper: "I'll have a glass of ginger ale. Ginger ale and Diet Coke are my drinks."

Mary, who was hit with a $3.4 million tax lien earlier this year, says there are always obstacles in life, but she has learned to deal with whatever may come her way.

She explained: "There's always drama, but you have to learn to navigate your way through it. Life is full of trials and tribulations, but I know now how to get out of it. You have to make a decision to say 'no more'."

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