Mary J Blige celebrates virtual 50th birthday
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Mary J. Blige celebrated her 50th birthday with an all-day "surprise" virtual party.

The 'Family Affair' hitmaker was joined by the likes of Missy Elliott, Gabrielle Union, Angela Bassett, Common and gospel legend Karen Clark Sheard to mark the milestone on Monday (01.11.21).

As reported by Page Six, the latter kicked off the celebrations by singing 'Happy Birthday', and the star's family and friends left messages for her big day.

Angela said: "Happy birthday, dearest darling Mary. I am so glad I get to live in a time and space where you exist…

"I am beyond thrilled that I have had moments to share the soft side of you and the exuberant side of you as well."

Meanwhile, Common hailed Mary as "an inspiration", and even reminisced on the crush he had on her when he was younger.

He added: "You’re looking more beautiful, more vibrant, more in your greatness. You’re an inspiration.

“You’ve always been one of my favorite artists, and people I’ve gotten to connect with, in this whole business.

"And I always crushed on you when I was younger — when we were younger… You’re the queen.”

Like many around the world, Mary had to have a lockdown birthday, and she previously revealed spending more time at home during the pandemic has allowed her to be "deeper in love" with herself".

Asked what isolation has taught her, she explained: “I’m going to take away a real appreciation of this me time. I was already liking me, and now I have grown deeper in love with myself because I love my own company.

“I don’t think any of us realized how fast we had been moving. I really appreciate this rest and this silence, so that I can hear more clearly what’s going on.

“When you’re by yourself, you’re either going to be your own best friend and be honest and real with yourself, or you’re going to be your own worst enemy and deceive yourself. It’s been so clear to me that I am my best friend."

This article originally ran on celebretainment.com.

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