Last week, Mary J. Blige showed off her rock-hard abs on the cover of Shape magazine’s upcoming December issue. And the singer tells the magazine that Whitney Houston’s death inspired her to change her lifestyle and take care of herself.
“Whitney Houston’s death really crushed me,” she says in the Shape interview. “I saw someone so incredibly talented just diminish, and I refuse to go out like that.”
Mary adds that she’s given up drinking alcohol for more a year now. “Others may be able to drink and have a great time, but it doesn’t work for me at this point,” she added. “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.”
The issue hits newsstands November 25.
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