Mary J. Blige Celebrates Birthday With Walk Of Fame Honor

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January 11, 2018 | 9:16pm EST

Mary J. Blige celebrated her 47th birthday in style on Thursday by unveiling a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The singer’s longtime pal Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs led fans in a chorus of Happy Birthday as he saluted the Family Affair star on Hollywood Boulevard.
Blige took time to honor her Mudbounddirector Dee Rees as she accepted her latest honor, claiming the filmmaker helped rescue her from a dark period as her marriage fell apart.
The R&B star revealed her life was “at a standstill” when Rees cast her in the acclaimed new film.
“Dee, I want to thank you for calling me,” Mary said. “I don’t think you understand what you did. You really, really helped save my life. Mudbound opened up doors and gave me strength I didn’t even know I had.”
And she also had a few words of praise for her mentor Diddy and her mom, explaining, “She is a survivor. She was a single-parent mother… and she raised us on her own. She had three jobs and she never stopped. I just want to thank God for my mother right now.”
Mary unveiled the 2,626th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.