Former hellraiser Mary J Blige finds it difficult to watch younger musicians struggle with substance abuse, because she knows they'd never listen to her advice on how best to cope.

Blige, who has battled her own drink and drugs demons in the past, admits she ignored all attempts at intervention during her own addictions.

She says, "I see young performers going through the same thing I did, but there's nothing I can do about it. I remember when I was their age I couldn't hear any advice.

"CHAKA KHAN said to me, 'You have to get out of your own way.' I didn't know what that meant until three years ago. It means stop trying to fight everything with what you learned on this Earth. The things you can't control, just get out of the way.

"I don't think anger is a bad thing, but if you get over-emotional it's hard to think straight. You have to let people have their own opinions."