November 2, 2011 12:42
Mary J Blige says she's 'lucky' she didn't end up like Amy Winehouse
Singer says she's grateful she was able to 'turn my life around'
Blige, who has battled alcohol and drug addiction in the past, said she felt fortunate she had been able to ask other people for help so she could "turn my life around".
Last week, an inquest into Winehouse's death ruled that the singer had died of excessive alcohol consumption, having consumed enough alcohol on the day of her death to render her more than four-and-a-half times over the drink drive limit.
Talking about the singer's passing away, Blige told TV show Daybreak:
We only know the surface of what we see, we don't know what's in her [Winehouse's] mind, we don't know how deep her demons or situation was. So everyone doesn't get this lucky to say, 'I choose life'.
"Sometimes it's too late… so thank God I got an opportunity to actually see myself drifting away and call on help," she added.
Blige continued: "Everyone doesn't like to go to another human being because they're ashamed and they're guilty, but I feel like I've been embarrassed and ashamed all my life, why not ask someone for help?"
The singer will release her new album 'My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1)' on November 21. She has previously said that the LP – which is a sequel to her 1994 album 'My Life' – will offer "what people are looking for from me, and I'm digging in and I'm reaching in deep to give them what they need".
Amy Winehouse, meanwhile, will release a new, posthumous studio album titled 'Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures' on December 5, which has been put together by producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi using tracks that the singer left unfinished when she passed away. You can read an in depth preview of the album, which has been written by NME's Dan Martin, by visiting NME.COM/blogs.
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