*On Nov. 21, Mary J. Blige’s new album, “My Life II: The Journey Continues” will arrive in stores. Unlike her other albums, she shares a more intimate side of herself from her struggles to love, to victories.

“What I wanted to do with this album is show how far we’ve come and how much we’ve grown and how much understanding we have of life now,” she told London’s morning show Daybreak. “We didn’t understand why we were suffering so badly, but now we get it, we understand that life is full of challenges and what will we be if we weren’t challenged in life.”

Life was never easy for the superstar. From her childhood to today, the star has been through it all, seen it all, and ultimately is overcoming it all.

“I was abused as a child and it caused me to go into substance abuse and I had no love for myself because of the guilt and shame that came with that, so maybe I just started hating into myself and not loving myself and it snowballed into this thing that was bigger than me,” Blige previously told BBC Breakfast about moving from the projects to a career in music.

She continues: “…so I think it’s important to do a sequel to the My Life album, because we need to be reminded how far we’ve come because we were in such a dark, suicidal place where we really needed help and we have grown tremendously, understanding that we have to love ourselves.”