by Oke Efagene
Award-winning American singer and actress, Mary J. Blidge revealed recently that the death of her close friend, Whitney Houston shocked her and led to her decision to give up alcohol.
The star said Houston’s death in February 2012 had a major effect on her and she began to think about her mortality. She also quit drinking in an attempt to improve her health.
She said: ‘I was at her funeral [and] being that close to someone you loved so dearly, in a coffin, it freaked me out. It made me realise the importance of my own life. ’I didn’t stop overnight, it was a process. I feel great right now. I have more clarity, more focus, more patience. And I lost weight. When you stop drinking it flies off!’
Blidge, 42, said she will even abstain from toasting her husband, Kendu Isaacs with a glass of champagne next year when they celebrate their 10-year-anniversary. She told The Guardian newspaper: ‘I’ll have a glass of ginger ale. Ginger ale and Diet Coke are my drinks.’
The Grammy Award winner, who was faced with a $3.4 million tax lien earlier this year, says there are always challenges in life, but she has learned to deal with whatever may comes her way.
She explained:‘There’s always drama, but you have to learn to navigate your way through it. Life is full of trials and tribulations, but I know now how to get out of it. You have to make a decision to say ‘no more’.’