They became friends when they started filming the movie in May 2016 — she was still married to husband Kendu Isaacs then — but their relationship reportedly blossomed into something much more at the Essence Festival in summer 2016, according to MTO! So why haven’t we seen them flaunting their relationship for all the world to see?Well, Mary and the hot actor reportedly want to keep their love hush hush while her messy divorce is still getting finalized.
Pursuing a musical career, Blige spent a short period of time in a Yonkers band named Pride with band drummer Eddie D'Aprile.
In early 1988, she recorded an impromptu cover of Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture" at a recording booth in the Galleria Mall in White Plains, New York.
Then, she’ll be free to express her love as much as she wants!
Mary should be careful if she’s giving her heart to Jason, though.
Her mother's boyfriend at the time later played the cassette for Jeff Redd, a recording artist and A&R runner for Uptown Records.
Blige's early years consisted of session work for the likes of Jeff Redd, who introduced her during a live performance at the Apollo Theater. Blige to Uptown executives at a convention, producer and Uptown's A&R director Sean "Puffy" Combs dubbed her as the "Queen of Ghetto Love".For her part in combining hip hop and soul in the early 1990s and its subsequent commercial success, Blige received the Legends Award at the World Music Awards.Blige also received the Voice of Music Award from performance rights organization ASCAP, with its official Jeanie Weems stating that "[Blige's] music has been the voice of inspiration to women worldwide in both struggle and triumph." Blige also earned high remarks for her work in film.A year later, she sang the hook on Father MC's hit "I'll Do 4 U" and was prominently featured, singing, at the end of the video. Instead, Andre Harrell hailed her as the "Queen of Hip Hop Soul".From her fashion style to her sound, Blige was completely different from most female artists in the early 1990s.A recipient of nine Grammy Awards, in addition to receiving a record of thirty Grammy nominations, and also known as the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Blige is one of few entertainers in history to have eight or more albums to reach multi-platinum status.