It took a leap of faith for Mary J Blige to trust her fiance Kendu Isaacs after a series of horrific childhood experiences left her wary of men.

The FAMILY AFFAIR singer watched her beloved mother being the victim of abuse and developed a terror of the lengths men were capable of going to.

She explains, "You see your mum get hit and you just start screaming and crying.

"Men seemed like they didn't have any mercy - they hit you like you were a man. I've seen women get their heads punched through walls."

04/11/2003 09:18