Gushing over the sweet couple, a confidante revealed:
The ladies were chatting about Mary's new role in Rock of Ages, when the singer exclaimed:
"Robin, I just want to say, I love you, you're a fighter and I look up to you. You are amazing."
We second that!
The co-host is battling a rare blood and bone marrow disease called MDS, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy in preparation for a bone marrow transplant later this summer.
Robin, touched by Blige have her a big 'ol hug, and told her:
"This too shall pass. You have had some challenges. As my mama said, we all got something… and it's what we do at the other end, and your music has helped me get through some really tough times."
Such a brave woman!
Robin, you are an inspiration to us all!