When Mary J. Blige announced she had split with her husband and manager of 13 years, there was palpable excitement for new music -- and her latest album, “Strength of a Woman,” is no doubt a divorce record.
The album, her first since 2014’s “The London Sessions,” just debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, making it her highest-charting album in more than seven years after "Stronger With Each Tear" bowed at No. 2 back in 2010.
On the eve of the album's release -- and amid a slew of gossip headlines about her husband's affair -- Blige sat down with The Times for an in-depth conversation, and nothing was off limits.
The very public demise of her marriage was a focal point of our early morning conversation, and not everything made it into the story. Here's some choice words from Blige about when she knew it was over: