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Mary J. Blige: "My Boyfriend Was Trying To Kill Me. There Were Weapons."

Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, 1 February 2002

THE WORLD LOVES a troubled diva, and for 10 years Mary Jane Blige has provided her public with a continuous flow of what her friend, producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, calls "pure pain, unlike anyone else". Drugs, destructive relationships and a hard-knock childhood contribute to her reputation as the diva's diva. The D-word has become devalued, but if ever an artist met the criteria of divahood, it's the 31-year-old soul singer from the Schlobohm Gardens projects in the unalluringly-named Yonkers, New York.

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