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While some are still hung up on Rihanna’s personal life, as if they’re somehow involved, Mary J. Blige is giving her praise. MJB covers the latest issue of VIBE magazine, and had nothing but supportive words for the Bajan beauty.

When asked of her feelings on the route that the R&B game has gone down (wait, is Rihanna R&B?), the New York native showed loved to America’s favorite Rude Girl.

“Maybe in 2012, in the middle, I was like, ‘What is going on? What is this? Things got worse before they got better. I think things are going in the right direction,” she said. “I am so proud of what Rihanna is doing. She is speaking to her generation, and she’s living her life in front of them. I don’t even think she’s purposely doing it. She’s such a beautiful girl, and I don’t think she knows she’s that beautiful.

“They give her a hard time because she’s living her life. As long as she’s having fun and isn’t three minutes away from wanting to shoot herself, good! I want her to be happy.”

In the male category, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul singled out Drake for his R&B efforts (guess he’s an R&B artists as well).

Whether you agree or disagree with Rihanna and her relationship with Chris Brown—which again has nothing to do with anyone but the two people involved—it’s good to hear Blige showing love to the new school.

Click below to see her full VIBE cover.

[Spotted at HipHop-N-More]

Photo: Vibe

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