R&B star Mary J. Blige felt a real connection to the black southern maids featured in new film The Help - because her aunt kept house for a well-to-do white family.
The singer, who wrote and performs the film's theme song The Living Proof, admits the movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestseller brought back happy memories for her.
She tells WENN, "My Aunt Margo was a maid. When I was a child, both my parents were from Savannah, Georgia so they would ship us down south every summer, and we got a chance to see a little bit of the help. My aunt was one of those women."
But Blige's relative didn't have the terrible time characters played by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer have in the new film: "My aunt worked for a wealthy white family that loved her to death and she raised their children telling them they're smart, kind and important."