The death of Amy Winehouse has caused numerous celebrities and entertainment figures to think about their own addictions -- whether it be about how much they still struggle with them or how grateful they are to have overcome them. One of the more recent people to speak out about the dangers of substance abuse is Mary J. Blige, who in an episode of VH1's Behind the Music, shared with fans and viewers that she spent a large portion of her life struggling with alcoholism, addiction, and overcoming being molested as a child.
On being abused as a child, Blige said, "When I was five years old I was molested. I remember feeling, literally, right before it happened, I just could not believe that this person was going to do this to me. That thing followed me all my life. The shame of thinking my molestation was my fault. It led me to believe I wasn't worth anything." And about her alcoholism, she said "It was bigger than me. And it was definitely going to kill me. So I was like, this is it and let's go. And I remember sitting on my bed. I swear, I don't know what death feels like, but I felt like my spirit was trying to leave my body." And to top that off, Blige even commented on her addiction to cocaine, which she described as beginning when her relationship with K-Ci Hailey began to decline in the 90s. She said "I really didn't care about myself. I was borderline suicidal...I was like the walking dead; just smoking and drinking and hanging. I remember saying a prayer: 'Send me someone to help me.'"
Blige eventually found help in Kendu Isaacs, her current husband, and credits him as the reason for why she decided to get sober. She said "I stopped drinking. It was will power. It was prayer. It was really hard. But, I cared so much about him, I didn't want to be just this alcoholic burden on him. He doesn't deserve for me to be some, you know, slum-bucket alcoholic, and so I took responsibility and I cleaned up, as much as I could. But it was hard."
It's always nice to see when someone's determination to make it out of the darkness really pays off.
Source: Huffington Post
Top Story: Wynonna Judd Sentenced on DUI Charge
Country singer Wynonna Judd, who was arrested last month for drunk driving near Nashville, Tenn., will lose her driver's license for one year and must perform 200 hours of community service, The Associated Press reports. Judd, 39, was pulled over Nov. 13 for driving 47 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. After consenting to a Breathalyzer, Judd blew a .175--more than twice the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent. Judd said in a written statement after her arrest that she had been celebrating her impending nuptials and a friend's birthday "and clearly let my excitement get the best of me." Judd married D.R. Roach, her longtime bodyguard, in a private ceremony in Leiper's Fork, Tenn., on Nov. 22, according to her official Web site. On Tuesday, sessions Judge John Brown gave Judd the choice of 48 hours in jail or the community service--an option available to any first-time drunken driving offender in Nashville. Judd received an 11-month, 29-day suspended sentence, during which time she will be on probation, and she must pay almost $1,000 in court costs and fines.
Williams Takes Stage in Baghdad
Comedian Robin Williams took to an outdoor stage at Baghdad International Airport Tuesday in a U.S. military show that also featured actress Shannon Tweed, wrestler Kurt Angle and stock car driver Mike Wallace. According to the AP, Williams kicked off his comedy routine with "Goooood morning Bagh-dad"--a play on his 1987 movie Good Morning, Vietnam. Williams entertained a crowd of about 200 American and Australian soldiers.
Ben Affleck To Start Daytona 500
Ben Affleck, whose sci-fi thriller Paycheck opens Dec. 25, will take on a new role in February. According to the AP, Affleck has accepted Daytona International Speedway's invitation to be the grand marshal at the upcoming Daytona 500. Affleck, a NASCAR fan, will begin the Feb. 15 race with the traditional command to the 43-car field: "Gentlemen, start your engines." John Travolta started last year's Daytona 500.
Man Sues Sony Over Wedding Planner
A Virginia Beach man has filed a federal copyright infringement lawsuit, claiming the 2001 romantic comedy The Wedding Planner starring Jennifer Lopez copied his screenplay. Jeffery R. Ballard's lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Norfolk this month, accuses the companies that made and distributed the film, including Sony Pictures Entertainment, of illegally basing The Wedding Planner on a screenplay he wrote in the 1990s titled, In the Palm of My Hand, about a wedding planner who falls in love with a client. He is seeking unspecified damages and a share of the profits from the movie, Reuters reports, adding that a Sony spokesperson declined to comment.
J.Lo Rocks the Vote
Jennifer Lopez has taped a public service announcement urging politically disengaged Americans to register to vote, Us Weekly magazine reports in its latest issue, set to hit newsstands Friday. According to Reuters, the TV spot, which was taped Dec. 12 in New York City, will debut during the Super Bowl telecast in January and run on MTV throughout 2004 leading up to the November presidential election. The magazine reports that J.Lo registered to vote via Rock the Vote's Web site on the day she filmed the PSA.
Model Heidi Klum Expecting
German supermodel Heidi Klum is expecting her first child with Flavio Briatore, the managing director of Renault's Formula One team, the AP reports. Klum, 30, and Briatore, 53, have been together for about a year. Klum declined to say when the baby was due or whether she already knew the sex of the child. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model separated from her husband of five years, hairstylist to the stars Ric Pipino, last November.
Singer Mary J. Blige Weds Record Producer
Singer Mary J. Blige married record producer Kendu Isaacs at her Bergen County, N.J., home Dec. 7, People magazine reports in its Dec. 22 issue. According to the magazine, a guest played "Here Comes the Bride" on the piano, and Blige's mother and sister cooked up a menu of oxtail, barbecued chicken, crab, red rice and salad. "He completes me in the areas that I'm weak in. He's an analytical brain. I'm a creative brain. We pray together. We read the Bible together," Blige is quoted as saying on her official Web site.
Prime-Time Nielsen Ratings From Dec. 8-14
Relying heavily on Survivor: Pearl Islands and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS took half of the top 10 spots in last week's prime-time viewership numbers, compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 8-14. The top shows were: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS; Survivor: Pearl Islands-Finale, CBS; Survivor: Pearl Islands, CBS; Survivor: Pearl Islands-Reunion, CBS; ER, NBC; 60 Minutes, CBS; Average Joe, NBC; Trista and Ryan's Wedding, ABC; Without a Trace, CBS; NFL Monday Night Football: St. Louis at Cleveland, ABC.
Role Call: Suvari Goes Six Feet Under, Pardue's Chasing Fate
American Beauty star Mena Suvari is re-teaming with the film's Oscar-winning writer Alan Ball for a six-episode arc on the HBO series Six Feet Under. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Suvari will play a student attending the same art school as Lauren Ambrose's character Claire ... Kip Pardue (The Rules of Attraction) will play the lead role in the romantic comedy Chasing Fate, being developed by Madonna's Maverick Films. Pardue will pla
Tonight's Late Night With David Letterman show will mark the 20th year--to the day--the program has been on air, reports The Associated Press. Although it's not likely Letterman will make a big deal about it, ratings prove that he's still got what it takes to continue his presence on the air. Regis Philbin is scheduled to be one of tonight's guests.
Pamela Anderson has taken it all off before, but this time the former Playboy Playmate wants to perform as a stripper on tour with her boyfriend Kid Rock, Reuters reports. Anderson told TV news magazine Extra she already has a "stripper pole" in her bedroom, so she was thinking she'd "just take pole dancing lessons and go on the road."
Even celebrities aren't exempt from purse snatchers. PageSix.com reports model Gisele Bundchen was shakin' a leg on the Bellagio's dance floor in Las Vegas recently when someone purloined $1,000 and her ID from her purse. Police were called out to search the vicinity, but neither cash nor ID was recovered.
Steve Kroft of the CBS news show 60 Minutes is being hailed as a lifesaver. The AP reports Kroft pulled a 76-year-old New Jersey woman out of her car Saturday just before the engine caught fire and blew up. The incident occurred just outside Kroft's Long Island, N.Y., beach home.
You won't be seeing Austin Powers in Goldmember this summer, at least not with that title. On Thursday the Motion Picture Assn. of America denied New Line Cinema's appeal of an earlier decision which blocked the use of that title, Variety reports. Apparently, Goldmember is a little too close to the James Bond title Goldfinger.
Variety reports the Shrine Auditorium will premiere the re-release of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial March 16. The film, which releases wide on March 22, includes new footage, CGI enhancements and a remixed soundtrack.
Gwyneth Paltrow's newest project is on stage, according to Reuters. Her play Proof will debut in London's Donmar Warehouse in June, with John Madden directing.
Harold Russell, a double Oscar winner for his role as a wounded veteran in the 1946 film The Best Years of our Lives, died of a heart attack Tuesday in Needham, Mass., the AP reports. He was 88. Russell, who had lost both hands in a dynamite explosion in World War II, established the veteran advocacy group AMVETS.
Meg Ryan has ordered a restraining order against John Michael Hughes, the same man imprisoned last year for trying to "deliver a letter" to then-President-elect Bush, Reuters reports. Hughes supposedly broke into another Ryan residence (not Meg's) in Malibu last month telling police the actress had forgotten to leave him a key. Hughes was arrested on suspicion of burglary and later charged with a misdemeanor count of unauthorized entry of a dwelling.
Michael Jackson is being sued by his concert promoter Marcel Avram, Variety reports. Avram claims Jackson has been looking for other promoters despite the pair's written agreement that Avram would continue promotions. Avram reportedly wants $20 million in damages.
Headin' for the Altar
Singer Mary J. Blige is getting hitched. While there's no word on where or when the ceremonies will take place, People.com reports Martin (Kendu) Isaacs is the lucky guy. Blige, who will perform Sunday at the Super Bowl, was adamant about one wedding detail: "The press is not going to know about it," she said.
Model Elle MacPherson is planning her second marriage to her partner of six years and the father of her four-year-old son, French-Swiss banker Arpad Busson, according to Reuters. No further details have been announced.