MARY J. BLIGE bursts into tears whenever she hears one of her early hits on the radio - because listening to the emotional tracks remind her of the pain she was going through when she wrote them.
The Family Affair hitmaker established herself in the mid-1990s with her emotionally-driven lyrics inspired by her troubled childhood, which included being sexually abused by a family friend and watching her mother being reportedly beaten by her father, who later abandoned them.
Blige is now happy with her life, but admits she still struggles to hold back the tears when she listens to songs detailing that period of her life - especially when it's a certain time of the month.
She tells the Associated Press, "If I hear one of my old songs like Not Gon' Cry or My Life - the My Life album just always makes me stop and just cry, like just bawl. So call me a crybaby, whatever. I'm a woman, too, so sometimes it's just that time."