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April 19, 2020

Mary J Blige of 'Umbrella Academy' Rides Bike in Adorable Childhood Photo

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R&B icon Mary J Blige showed off a "blast from the past" in a new social media share where fans got to see her younger version.

Star singer Mary J Blige was feeling nostalgic in a new Instagram post as she gave fans a glimpse into what she looked like as a young girl. In the heartwarming snapshot, J Blige looked lovely as she enjoyed a bicycle ride with her playmate.

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However, in her caption, the "Umbrella Academy" star put up various hashtags while reminding fans to stay safe and adhere to the health rules. For the "Be Without You" crooner, her childhood was a part of her life that left an unforgettable memory.

Blige [recently] came together with her fellow iconic celebrities, Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott, to work on a new movie project about "The Clark Sisters."

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According to People, the 49-year-old diva had a lot to share in terms of her childhood and how she was able to overcome tough times. It happened that Google maps was celebrating its 15th anniversary, and J Blige made a special appearance.

The nine-time Grammy winner opened up about her neighborhood in New York and how she was able to get through trying times by singing. She told the news franchise: 

"I sang a lot. I just sang. It made me feel better. I'd wake up in the morning singing and go to bed singing, and it just made me feel great."

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The "What's the 411?" singer's success story did not come without struggles and challenges. As reported by Rolling Stone, Mary opened up about alcoholism and dealing with prolonged pain. 

In an exclusive talk on VH1's "Behind the Music," the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" made it known that childhood molestation was a pain she carried with her for a long time before rising above the sad memories.

According to The Guardian, the "No More Drama" singer started her career as a teenager after she was recorded singing a cover of one of Anita Baker's songs. 

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Her debut album, "What's the 411?" was produced by Puff Daddy in 1992. Blige's first music collection was a commercial success that helped her cop multiple awards and collaborate with big shots like Elton John and George Michael.

Yahoo! shares that recently, Blige came together with her fellow iconic celebrities, Queen Latifah and Missy Elliott, to work on a new movie project about "The Clark Sisters"— a gospel band consisting of five sisters.

The biopic centers on the gospel stars who are regarded as the most successful gospel artists of all time. According to Elliott, Blige, and Latifah, the gospel sensations were a significant part of their childhoods and helped shape their music ambitions.

The film premiered on April 11 on "Lifetime" and has actresses like Christina Bell, Kierra Sheard starring in it.

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