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Mary J. Blige says she hated the sound of her voice

The singer says she’s determined to do the right thing for her life, including loving herself
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Mary J. Blige (Photo credit: Bang media)

Mary J. Blige used to hate the sound of her own voice.

The Grammy-winning star “didn’t like” the sound of her voice for years — but her self-love journey has helped change her opinion.

“I didn’t like the sound of my voice,” Blige said on “TODAY with Hoda and Jenna.” “But now I listen to my music and now I love everything about me — I do. I used to hate everything about me. The sound of my voice, the sound of my speaking voice. And I used to just be afraid to hear any music back.”

Blige’s self-love journey has helped to transform her entire outlook on life.

“We grow up thinking we couldn’t boast or brag or love on ourselves, and now I’m doing all that,” the chart-topping star explained. “I’m boasting and bragging and loving on myself because I’ve earned it. I have so much fun with myself. I’m like, ‘Girl, you look so good. I’m so proud of you. Oh, that looks nice on you.’ And I’m by myself a lot, so I’m always like, ‘Oh Mary, I love that! Let’s wear this tonight. That’s gonna be hot!’ I’m my friend, you know, and I love me.”

Despite this, Blige acknowledges that she still has faults and that she’s constantly trying to learn and better herself.

The “Family Affair” hitmaker — who has also enjoyed significant success as an actor — is ultimately determined to “do the right thing” in her life.

“I’m not perfect, but I strive to be better and that’s what I love about me. I love the fact that I want to do the right thing, even when it’s hard,” Blige said.

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