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In a very honest “Behind The Music” piece, Mary J. Blige speaks candidly about her life.

Having gone through many struggles, including growing up in the projects, alcohol abuse and much more, Mary J. has an epic story to tell.

She speaks of her influences, the mindset that she was in during some of the most difficult times in her life, her lowest points ever and how she overcame everything that she was going through.

Mary J. Blige truly is an inspiration, as well as proof that anyone can get over any obstacle that is presented before them.

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Substance abuse and low self-esteem almost got the best of the legendary R&B/soul queen.

We’re happy that Mary is here to tell the story.

Here are some bonus clips of Mary J. speaking on Elton John, hitting rock bottom and growing up in a terrible neighborhood.

For more footage go to VH1.com

Mary J. blige speaks on how Elton John influenced her in a positive way.

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Mary J. Blige speaks about hitting rock bottom.

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Mary J. Blige speaks about the neighborhood she grew up in as a kid.

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