Mario Talks Record Label, Arrest & Relationship With His Mother

R&B singer Mario hit blogsphere back in October for his personal life rather than his music, when sites documented him being accused of and arrested for assaulting his mother. The case was quickly dropped when his mother, whose struggles with a drug addiction have been well documented, retracted the accusation.

The young talent spoke to Vibe about his life in the aftermath of the incident, and his refocus on music.

“I’m a pretty strong person and I’ve been that way all my life. I feel like some people are immature and can’t even imagine a family setting like when I grew up.” The singer stated when asked how he reacted to the public’s initial response to the incident, seemingly little concerned with public perception. “I care about my mother’s health more than anything and her getting back on my feet. It really doesn’t matter what happened to me. And she’ll tell you herself that I’ve always been there for her and will continue to be there for her.”

Mario also revealed that he’s working on his 5th album, but explained that he often battles with his label, J Records, over the direction of his music.

“More than anything it’s been a battle because I’ve been with them since 15. So now being a grown man and having experiences that people don’t even know about and wanting to share them… to them it’s a risk and they just want me to just stay strictly R&B. But I want to make records that people can relate to. If I feel like the world is going to end tomorrow, I want to write about that. And I feel like I have the talent for it. Like you can’t tell Marvin Gaye to not write “What’s going on” so if you tell me I’m one of the greatest singers of my generation, than why won’t you let me emote and tell my story?”

Read the full interview at Vibe.

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