Mary J. Blige has had her share of mishaps with love, but as she’s matured, she hasn’t been afraid to talk about it or even make fun of it.
Recently, she was in Long Beach, California, filming the clip for “Enough Cryin” with director Hype Williams and guest star 50 Cent and simultaneously reliving a very uncomfortable event from her love life.
“The video is [about] something that happened a long time ago, and it was a very embarrassing moment when I thought I was getting married,” she explained in between shooting. “I was engaged to [Jodeci singer K-Ci], and I actually went on a talk show overseas and that person had just done that talk show about a week before me. I was telling the interviewer that I was getting married, and the week before he was saying that it was a rumor. He wasn’t marrying me. It was a disaster that really embarrassed me.”
MJB said she definitely wanted to share the horrific moment with her fans, and that incident is what the song is about.
“I’m saying, ’I’m getting on with my life. I’m gonna go ahead and do my work,’ ” she said.
In the video, after she leaves the interview, she goes to a photo shoot.
“I leave the interview and I’m kind of upset, but I’m still kind of going through my photo shoot,” Blige said. “It ends up being one of the most amazing photo shoots because of all of the anger and depression and the fact that I choose to just move on with my life and be a superstar.”
When you have superstar friends like 50 Cent, who needs a casting agent? All Blige had to do was call him, and he agreed to act in the video.
“I got a phone call from Mary when I was actually in Bangkok, I was touring out there,” 50 said. “Me, her and [Blige’s husband] Kendu have a good relationship, and she just worked with me on Mobb Deep’s new album, Blood Money. So we got a chance to communicate back and forth for those reasons, and the idea of me being in the video came up. I was like, ’I’d love to.’ ”
“Me and my husband took him as a friend,” Blige added. “He’s someone we know we could talk to and call on if we have a question about something we can’t answer because, quite frankly, 50 is very intelligent and we really appreciate his expertise, and we really appreciate his opinions and the advice he’s given us.”
In the video, 50 didn’t have to change his name too much, but he did have to switch professions.
“Well, I’m actually playing C.J. — you know, short for Curtis Jackson,” he said. “He’s an R&B singer, and he’s aggressive. When he’s questioned by the guy interviewing them, he kind of loses his cool.”
“I don’t want to give it away,” Blige said. “It’s real comical, what he does to the interviewer. I’m just glad he’s here. I love 50. I’m so happy. He’s so supportive of Mary J. Blige, and I’m very supportive of 50. He’s just gonna make the video that much better than what it already is.”
Blige said she’s still solidifying her tour plans for this year, but it looks like she’ll be going on the road this summer by herself.
“The tour is definitely happening now in July,” she said. “I believe that’s the tour. Who’s going out? It will probably just be me. … We’re trying to get the right package. We don’t have a name for the tour yet.”
“Enough Cryin” will hit the air this week.
For more from Mary J. Blige, check out the feature “What’s The 411, Mary?”