R&B legend Mary J Blige has revealed her journey to self-love inspired her 14th studio album.

In an interview with Tamron Hall earlier this week, Mary J Blige delighted fans with the news that she will release the previously delayed record early next year.

The forthcoming album – title yet unknown – will be her first release in five years and is the follow up to her 2017 release, ‘Strength of a Woman’.

Speaking of the project, Blige admitted that her new-found self-love inspired her to write the record, “It’s something I had to do, and something I had to say because when I was in my darkest, darkest moments in that life, [I had] to build myself up to this person that I can see and accept my nose, accept my eyes, accept my cheeks.” She continued, “I can accept it all, good, bad, ugly, all of it.”

Mary J Blige

Mary J Blige © Donald Kravitz

And, Blige, who has enjoyed an almost 30-year career, was more than happy to encourage excitement surrounding the upcoming release. She teased, “Wait ’til you hear it – it’s gonna blow everybody’s mind.” 

The album revelation follows Blige’s September announcement that she will join Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dog to perform during the Super Bowl half-time show. 

You can watch Tamron Hall’s full interview with Mary J Blige here.

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