Mary J. Blige attending Vibe Magazine’s 20th Anniversary Inaugural Impact Awards Event in her honor at the Sunset Towers in Hollywood. (Feb. 8, 2013)
*Mary J. Blige, a self-confessed born-again Christian, says Whitney Houston’s death in February 2012 hit her hard, and made her realize it was time to seek spiritual help in an effort to cut out her binge drinking.
“I didn’t want to go to rehab,” she tells Los Angeles Confidential magazine. “I believe that anything man himself can do for me, God can do in a greater way. I decided to pray and to seek God on my own. I just stayed in the Word. And it worked.”
Blige admits she struggled with alcohol addiction after trying to cut back and just drink socially.
“I chose to learn how to drink socially and it didn’t work,” she said. “The test comes when you have to decide whether you’re drinking to be social or drinking to cover up something again. To cover up depression, to cover up guilt. Shame. Abandonment… Once I realized, ‘There you go again,’ I had to stop.
“Whitney Houston’s death really affected me. Her death is another reason I stopped. I really do think I’m done. I looked at how that woman could not perform anymore.”
Bobby Brown visits “Sway in the Morning” on Eminem’s Shade 45 Channel in the SiriusXM Studio on May 29, 2012 in New York City
*Bobby Brown is said to be “doing well” since checking into rehab earlier this month to battle an addiction to alcohol.
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According to a statement released by his lawyer, Brown, who has daughter Bobbi Kristina with his late ex-wife Whitney Houston, is determined to conquer his demons.
“Mr. Brown takes his agreement very seriously. Bobby is doing well…,” said Brown’s lawyer.
The singer’s wife Alicia Etheridge, who married the star in June, adds, “Bobby’s children and loved ones are very proud of him. We appreciate his fans’ prayers and well wishes. Bobby is mentally in a good place.”
*Keyshia Cole’s mommy made a guest appearance on the Rickey Smiley radio show recently, shedding a little light about her relationship with Keyshia, her choice of drink, and oh yeah … going to rehab.
Yes, Frankie Lons is checking herself into rehab because she is apparently addicted to alcohol.
Here’s the Q&Q from the show
On her relationship with Keyshia:
“I was talking to Monica and she had mentioned Keyshia’s name and I had just got emotional because I really had missed her because we was going through something, but were okay. We’re back on point, talked to her yesterday.”
Rumors that she’s headed to “Celebrity Rehab”:
“Absolutely. That’s cause I had really started overdoing it with my drinking. It’s really taking its toll because sometimes I wake up and don’t remember nothing. Basically I’m hiding stuff from myself and that means that I need help.”
Frankie’s drink of choice?:
“Hennessy. If I had it like the rest of the celebrities had it, I’d be drinking Louie the 13th. Shout out to Louie!”
When did she know she needed help?:
“Last month. Well, I’ve been in denial. I thought I was drinking socially until I woke up and didn’t realize where I was. Sometimes I feel like I know I’ve got it under control, but that’s just the devil.”
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