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In the December issue of Shape Magazine, Mary J Blige opened up about how Whitney Houston’s death inspired her to lead a different lifestyle.

“Whitney Houston’s death really crushed me,” she said. “I saw someone so incredibly talented just diminish, and I refuse to go out like that.”

Mary went on to admit that she feels stronger since giving up alcohol over a year ago.

“Others may be able to drink and have a great time, but it doesn’t work for me at this point,” she added. “I haven’t had a drink in a year and three months. I had quit for a long time but started again about five years ago. I’m off it completely once more, and now I feel stronger than ever.”

This issue of Shape Magazine hits newsstands November 25. MJB recently released her debut Christmas album, “A Mary Christmas,” and is scheduled to perform during NBC’s annual “Christmas In Rockefeller Center” special airing on Dec. 4.