Singer Mary J. Blige waited 25 years to tell her mother she had been molested by a family friend at the age of five - because she felt partly responsible for the incident and resented her parents for not protecting her.
In an emotionally-charged Behind The Music TV special, the Family Affair singer opened up about the childhood encounter, which haunted her for more than two decades.
She said, "The thing that sits in my mind was, 'Where were you (mother). Why did you let this happen to me?'"
After marrying producer Kendu Isaacs in 2003 and finding a new peace and happiness in her life, Blige opted to let go of the past and confront her mother, Cora, with what had happened to her as a child.
Blige said, "I was scared to tell my mum that I was molested because I didn't want to start a war. I didn't want to see her be violent. She would have killed this person. That's what I believed."
But she got a very different reaction: "I finally told her and she was like, 'I don't believe you'. I was like, 'Huh?'"
Her mother offered her account of the awful announcement in the documentary, explaining, "I just couldn't understand why she waited so long to tell me. I was angry at myself because it seemed like I should know but I didn't."
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