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Mary J Blige: My shock at the death of Whitney Houston

25 November 2013 Last updated at 14:17 GMT

Singer Mary J Blige has been telling the BBC's Jane Garvey of Woman's Hour about the rocky road to success where she said she felt ''like a deer in headlights''.

She also described the huge impact of the death of her friend, Whitney Houston, upon her own life.

''It was a shock - I lost it completely. But I gained by self-love and self-respect even more, because she was too important to the world'', she said.

Mary J Blige full interview on Woman's Hour