How to seperate work and pleasure by Mary J. Blige: ‘space is key’

Singer/songwriter Mary J. Blige attends Ferrari Celebrates 60 Years In America on October 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. She recently appeared with Jenny McCarthy on SiriusXM Stars.

Singer/songwriter Mary J. Blige attends Ferrari Celebrates 60 Years In America on October 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. She recently appeared with Jenny McCarthy on SiriusXM Stars.

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The Queen of R&B, Mary J. Blige recently sat down with SiriusXM Star‘s Jenny McCarthy to talk about the profound impact Whitney Houston’s death left in her life. To Blige, Whitney was not only an icon, but an idol. “Watching her go … was a lot,” Blige said.

The soul singer wasn’t shy in sharing her progress of being alcohol-free. “I’m better, and I like it A LOT. You learn to be comfortable with whatever you are.”

During the show, McCarthy and Blige also gossiped about each other’s relationships (of course), and Blige’s current marriage to her long time manager, Kendu Isaacs. But it came down to the essential question: How does one separate work and pleasure? Can it be done?

You just gotta make sure that you get space because you’re with each other all the time,” says Blige. “You’ll be friends more if you allow each other the space you need, and try to be nice. Because, as a business person you can be ‘WHAT?’ … And that energy for husband and wife is like ‘wait a minute like … I’m your wife!”

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