As painful as it's been ending her 13 year marriage to Martin Isaacs, Mary J Blige tells The Editmagazine that she used the pain of her divorce to emotionally fund her acclaimed role in 'Mudbound'. Blige's character makes on debut in the Netflix film, scheduled for release on Friday November 17.
In her editorial styled by Tracy Taylor, Blige wears the street style she's famous for. Yelena Yemchuk is behind the lens, flashing Blige in what is one of many new editorials to come.
"A lot of the things we do in a relationship are in the name of love. You want to save it, so you do stupid stuff and give him what he wants, knowing you shouldn't. You create a monster, Blige explains.
She added: 'I learned life is the greatest teacher. You gotta ask, what did you do to end up here? That's when you can start to heal. And I realized that I must have hated myself, because I didn't deserve to be treated like that.
'So I'm learning to love myself. Even in the midst of it all, I didn't give up on myself – I went to the gym every day, I prayed. So when it blew up, I had some strength to keep going.'
Blige has already been recommended for an Oscar nomination for her role as family matriarch Florence Jackson in the period drama, which narrates the story of two families pitted against each other by racial hierarchy in the American Deep South during the Second World War. The cast also includes Carey Mulligan and Garett Hedlund.