There's a sequence towards the middle of Ari Gold-client Mary J. Blige's "No More Drama" video in which the soul diva, destroyed by so many loves having gone sour, tears a Manhattan Yellow Pages in half with one swipe of her bulging pythons— a triumphant symbol of how she'll never be taken for a ride again. But in light of recent allegations that she and many other hip-hoppers have been buying and using steroids and HGH, the scene—to say nothing of the title of her new album, "Growing Pains"—takes on ominous new implications:
Grammy-winning singer Mary J. Blige blasted a report Sunday night linking her and other A-list celebrities to doctors and pharmacists targeted in a statewide steroid investigation.
Blige was identified in the Albany Times Union Sunday as being among a handful of entertainers who have allegedly ordered performance-enhancing drugs in recent years.
"Mary J. Blige has never taken any performance-enhancing illegal steroids," the singer's spokeswoman Karynne Tencer told the Daily News.
Records obtained by the Times Union indicate that between 2005 and 2007, Blige received multiple shipments of HGH and anabolic steroids from an Orlando pharmacy believed to be [Signature Compounding Pharmacy of Orlando].
The report claimed that Blige, 50 Cent, Timbaland and Wyclef Jean all allegedly had steroids or HGH sent to Long Island chiropractor Michael Diamond, an anti-aging consultant at the Clay Gym in Chelsea. Diamond, who has not been accused of wrongdoing, could not be reached.
It would have been naive of us to assume the comic-book-scaled heroes of hip-hop weren't getting a little performance enhancing help somewhere along the way. Still, that does little to diminish our shock that Blige, like an aging action star with a long-delayed sequel to shoot, may have been seduced by HGH and the unproven fountain-of-youth properties it's rumored to possess. Perhaps she was taking a cue from her musical hero, Aretha Franklin, whose increased proportions at this year's Kennedy Center Honors had some whispering that the Queen of Soul might herself be juicing up on roast beef sandwiches and gravy in order to hit those big notes out of the park.