R+B singer MARY J. BLIGE has named her upcoming new album GROWING PAINS after her "imperfect" and shambolic life.
The 36-year-old is amused by how many of her contemporaries try to project how great their life is, so she decided to sing a few lyrical truths on her new release instead.
She tells MTV, "So many people are like, 'I'm perfect.' I'm so imperfect, that's why I'm able to let everything out and let people see everything. 'Cause I'm just a mess like every other person that's a mess out there.
"And it's going to take probably a lifetime to get to a point in my life where I'm like, 'Oh, I'm perfect.' I don't think that will ever happen.
"So as long as I'm a human being and I'm not perfect, I'm able to say I'm having some growing pains.
"Because in order to sustain where you are once you made such a breakthrough that everyone is looking at you, now everyone is like, 'Ooh, is she gonna make a mistake?' Yes, I'm going to make a mistake. Yes, I'm still gonna do things.
"And that's what Growing Pains is about, it's about finally not whining about the pain, Mary J. Blige, and accepting the pain that comes with growing."