Mary J. Blige: I’m Not Going to College!


No more drama — and no school books! — for Mary J. Blige.

Contrary to online reports Thursday, the singer will not be attending Howard University this fall, her rep tells exclusively.

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"Howard University came to her and expressed interest in having her as a student but she will not be attending," the rep explains.

The confusion arose after Blige, 39, told the Times-Picayune, "I just received my high school diploma yesterday (Monday). The city of New York gave me my high school diploma … and now Howard University has accepted me."

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A rep for Howard University later clarified to the Washington Post that the star hadn't yet been accepted as a student: "We encourage Ms. Blige to continue her studies and welcome her consideration of Howard University in the future. We are happy to work with Ms. Blige on completing the formal process for admission."

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Even if she won't be matriculating at the Washington, D.C. school, the Grammy winner will look online to see what courses and other options are available," the rep says. Blige's autumn schedule is packed with a tour and the launch of both a sunglasses line (Melodies) and a perfume (My Life).

"But don't rule it out at some point! She won't be giving up her music career."

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