Mary J. Blige gives fans an inside look at her life’s journey in new documentary

The singer is opening up about her struggles, success and healing nearly 30 years after the release of her groundbreaking album, “My Life.”
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Transcript for Mary J. Blige gives fans an inside look at her life’s journey in new documentary
life" sparked a music movement. Now a new documentary is turning the spotlight on her life. Janai Norman, she got the chance to talk with Mary J. Good morning, janai. I got the chance to and it was an amazing conversation. She was so open and vulnerable but if you're a Mary J. Blige fan, that's who you know her to be, authentically herself. She said we did something powerful but inspiring each other to want to live to see another day and turned that dark time in her life into a beacon of light to help uplift millions of fans for a generation. I'm going down I'm going down Reporter: It's the album that sparked a movement. "My life" by Mary J. Blige. Sleep don't come easy Reporter: Nearly three decades later the queen of hip-hop and r&b are looking back on a new documentary. "Mary J. Blige: My life". My life is my darkest album at one of the darkest types I Why do you think it still resonates with so many people all these years later. So many people are still hurting. A lot of people can relate to another person going through it. You could feel it in the music. Is there a song on the album that you could listen to on repeat? The whole album I can listen to but I can't listen to it on repeat because it's just -- at some point I will start crying. Now not because I'm sad, because I made it out of that. I made it. I could have -- yeah, the triumph it all is I'm alive to feel it like I'm no longer dying. Reporter: Her sophomore release catapulted to the charts in 1994 and has reigned supreme as one of rolling stone's top 500 greatest albums of all time. This album was an anthem for so many people, but particularly for women struggling in relationships with family, through trauma, personal what does it mean to you to have it received that way? We're celebrating it from a positive perspective now. We're not crying and dying, you know, we're telling the story about how heavy and dark life was then, but it's a celebration because we're here because, you know, I didn't want to live when- I was doing it. I just -- I always credit god for using me the way he did and allow me to be a vessel to help women heal. real love Reporter: Mary looks back on that road to healing once paved by her past depression and suicidal thoughts. There's a scene in the documentary where you are listening to part of the album and you break down crying. Talk to me about what was going through your mind then. Just of all the pain that I suffered. Ooh, excuse me. Just all the pain, why is all this happening to me? And just the pain of that alone is what I was dealing with, just why? Why do I have to suffer so much? I'm sorry. That's okay. Just painful, painful hating yourself. Painful not loving yourself. I just was bouncing trying to survive. Singing for my life literally. Reporter: Her musical success, a testament to her journey to self-love and survival. I won't change my life just fine It's beautiful. It's the most beautiful thing to explore self-love for myself to know that I have it, to be by myself as much as I am and like my company, it is amazing. I'm still in the healing process- but the heaviness of it is gone. Fill in the blank for me. Today Mary J. Blige is -- Strong. Just fine And she talked about how despite all she's overcome she still struggles in some way. The healing process is a testament to the fact it's still ongoing. When she has a hard day what does she tell Mary to keep going in basic affirmations? You are strong, you are powerful and you are loved. She is so loved. Oh, my goodness. What was it like to sit across from her when she was having so much emotion in talking with you about that time in her life? You know, robin, honestly and I didn't want the producers to show you, I actually started to have someone this superstar Mary J. Blige but being so open and honest talking about the mental health aspect we don't get a lot it was so powerful and moving. Appreciate it as always, janai. "Mary J. Blige: My life" premieres on Amazon prime video.

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