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Mary J. Blige is serious about retiring in ‘five or six years’

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Mary J. Blige will retire “permanently” in “five or six years.”

After more than three decades of a thriving music career, Mary J. Blige says she’ll be ready to retire in “five or six years.”

The Grammy Award-winning Queen of Hip-Hop Soul is gearing up for her third annual Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and releasing new music. It’s all part of her rollout to retirement.

“Right now I’m definitely going to do some more acting and in five or six years I’ll definitely retire,” she told Extra.

Fans can rest assured that there will be more new music on the way before Blige calls it quits. She shares the love she still has for recording. The “Real Love” singer just doesn’t feel the need to make as much new music as she used to, because she’s already put in a lot of work.

“Right now I’m still doing what I do, but not as often as I used to do it because it’s not necessary anymore,” she said.

This comes after Blige recently said her next album would be her last.

“This is another album, and it’s probably my last studio album,” she said People in an interview published on April 22.

As for the new music she’s working on, it stays true to Blige’s themes of love in all forms, including the self-love she acquired as a single woman.

“Maria sings about life. Life… love… being stable and understanding that you can have things like love. You can have a good life,” she says Additional.

Blige embraces “especially the love I have for myself. The glow is the love for Mary J. Blige. I find my true love. And my true love is me and I have found it.”

Blige’s annual Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit takes place in her hometown of New York City over Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-12. This fall, she will be inducted into the 2024 class of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.