Mary J. Blige was so overcome with emotion during a screening of Precious she had to walk out - because the Oscar-nominated movie reminded the singer of her own troubled past.
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire tells the gritty story of a troubled teenager who is raped by her father and abused by her mother. And the R&B star, who recorded a song for the soundtrack, admits she was unable to sit through a showing of the picture at the New York Film Festival last year, because it brought back so many recollections of her own troubled childhood.
She tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I couldn't do it anymore. It was making me regress. I lived a lot of things from Precious. A lot of people know my story from the child molestation to me turning into a suicidal person. I've seen some family members and friends actually live the depth of what Precious went through to the T."
"I know what that pain is, I know what that food is, I know the smell of those houses, I know the curse words going through her head every day that her mom called her."