Hermione Eyre of the London Independent spoke with Mary J. Blige in a Q&A session and asked the singer about being engaged, her watch collection, working with Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, who she would name as her successor, and who she’s looking forward to meeting in heaven. On the successor question, Blige responded, “So many of ’em, from Ashanti to India Arie. Although she don’t dress like me, her lyrics are like mine. You see, I’m smart, I pay attention! It would have to be between Beyoncé and Lauryn [Hill] – they are the two that were inspired. They didn’t just copy the whole thing. They took it and did their own little thing with it. I respect that. That other stuff, it’s like ‘you just copied the whole entire thing’ [hoots of laughter]. That’s cool, though. Beyonce – I’m really proud of her. That honey is doing movies, she’s doing modelling, she’s a business woman.”
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