‘I Need to Breathe’: Erica Campbell Explains Mary Mary’s Decision To Temporarily Separate

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Christian groups—family or not—split. It happened to BeBe & CeCe, The Winans, Commissioned, Kirk Franklin & The Family, and Trin-i-tee 5:7. Now, it’s Mary Mary’s turn, though they say their separation, similar to the legendary Clark Sisters’, is a break, not a breakup.

Recently, Tina and Erica Campbell opened up, again, about why an extended hiatus from each other is necessary for both their mental and spiritual health.

“We are not breaking up, but we are taking a break,” Erica, 40, told Essence during a video interview. “I’m going to do some solo music and Tina’s gone vacation and travel the world I guess,” she laughed.

For now, both have had more than their fill of constant exposure to each other through various business and music ventures.

“We’ve been joined at the hip for the last 12 years,” Erica explained.  “I think in order for us both to be our healthiest selves, just as women, in the group as well, is for us to take some time to really think and reassess.”

Being the “Siamese Twins” of gospel, inseparable, for over a decade, keeping up hectic schedules, growing their families, and tending to all things Mary Mary, have worn them down.

“We’ve been going constantly, year after year, baby after baby, tour after tour, and now season after season of the TV show, and it’s just like, I love Mary Mary and I love my sister, but I need to breathe,” Erica said, drawing agreement and confirmation from her younger sister.

“I love Tina and I love Erica, separately,” Tina, 38, added. “Let’s see whatthat feels like for a little while.”

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