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Kendu Isaacs Wants More Than $129k A Month In Spousal Support

October 18th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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We’ve been watching  the news of Mary J. Blige’s divorce proceedings very carefully. While we had hopes that the two would be able to part amicably, we knew that was highly unlikely once we learned that Kendu was requesting spousal support.

Yesterday, TMZ revealed the exact amount he was requesting and it has us giving him the ultimate side eye.

Apparently, Kendu (real name Martin Isaacs) filed for temporary spousal support, requesting $129,319 per month. 

He argues that since Mary was the breadwinner during their marriage, he’s become accustomed to a certain type of lifestyle that he wishes to maintain.

While Isaacs mentioned that Mary earned $1.5 to $5.1 million over the last two years, and is currently on tour, he has had zero income since Mary fired him as her manager and then filed for divorce.

According to TMZ, the couple does have a prenup in place. But Isaacs says it is not valid since he signed it without a lawyer present. He says that since Mary has already given him two checks for $85k, she also knows the document wouldn’t hold up in court.

I’ve never been too fond of the idea of spousal support, unless one person stayed home and raised the children, a job worthy of compensation. And even then, only temporarily. Because any mentally and physically able person should be able to support themselves. I’m sure that Kendu knew his marriage with Mary was on the rocks and that if they did split, there would be no way he would be able to stay on as her manager. And instead of stacking his coins and making plans to find other sources of income, he kicked his feet up and waited for the fallout, believing he would simply collect the money Mary earned. It’s not okay.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

Angelina Jolie Files For Divorce From Brad Pitt

September 20th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Celebrities attend World Premiere Gala Screening of BY THE SEA at TCL Chinese Theater. Featuring: Angelina Jolie Pitt, Brad Pitt Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 05 Nov 2015 Credit: Brian To/

Celebrities attend World Premiere Gala Screening of BY THE SEA at TCL Chinese Theater.
Featuring: Angelina Jolie Pitt, Brad Pitt
Where: Los Angeles, California, United States
When: 05 Nov 2015
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Just two years after walking down the aisle, Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt.

The actors have been in a relationship since 2004 and are parents to six children whom it appears are the source of the divorce filing. According to TMZ, “Angelina’s decision to file has to do with the way Brad was parenting the children … she was extremely upset with his methods.
We’re told there was no alleged ‘third person’ … her decision to file was solely over Brad’s interaction with their children.”

Jolie filed the legal documents Monday citing irreconcilable differences and is asking for sole physical custody of their kids, Zahara, Maddox, Pax, Shiloh Nouvel, Knox Léon, and Vivienne Marcheline. She is reportedly asking the judge to give Pitt visitation and only join legal custody — not joint physical custody. The 41-year-old actress, who is reportedly worth $160 million, isn’t seeking spousal support.

We’re sad to see this couple split after 12 years together, especially after they wed in 2014 at the urging of their children. At the time, Pitt told Glamour magazine of the pair changing their mind about not getting married as a stance against the former ban on gay marriage:

“We’d actually like to [get married] and it seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment. I’m not going to go any further. But to be in love with someone and be raising a family with someone and want to make that commitment and not be able to is ludicrous, just ludicrous.”

We hope the stars will be able to amicably co-parent.

Kendu Isaacs Is Seeking Spousal Support From Mary J. Blige

September 14th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Two months ago, we reported that Mary J. Blige filed for divorce from her husband of 12 years, Kendu Isaacs. Since Mary was the one file the paperwork, Kendu had a chance to respond to her divorce petition. And according to TMZ, in his petition, he asked for spousal support. And Mary is not really here for it. She said she wants the court to block him from receiving it.

Kendu lists the date of their separation as July 25. But Mary lists it as ‘to be determined.” All of their assets can be shared up until the separation date. So we’re wondering why Mary hasn’t nailed that down yet. TMZ reports that it’s unclear whether the couple has a prenup or not.

Lastly, Kendu requested that Mary pay his lawyer fees.

Do you think he deserves spousal support?

It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out. Hopefully, things won’t get too ugly.

Mary’s Reps Promise New Music In Divorce Confirmation Statement

July 29th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Yesterday, we reported that after twelve years of marriage, Mary J Blige filed for divorce from her husband Kendu Isaacs. And recently, not only did Mary’s team confirm the news, they used the opportunity to promote Blige’s career as well.

“Ms. Blige is saddened to say [that] it is true that she has filed for divorce, saying sometimes things don’t work how we hoped they would… but, there is a divine plan and a reason for everything. Mary will continue writing and working on her album, which is due out later this year along with her world tour. She thanks and appreciates her fans for their support and love through this very difficult emotional time.”

Oh, ok.

New music alert. We’re sure she probably has a lot to say with this album.

Mary J Blige Files For Divorce From Kendu Isaacs After 12 Years

July 28th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Mary J Blige Files For Divorce


Sad news ladies and gentlemen. TMZ reported that Mary J. Blige has filed for divorce from her husband and manager Martin “Kendu” Isaacs, ending their 12-year marriage.

In the documents filed, Blige lists the date of separation as “to be determined.” But it is unclear why.

The reason for divorce is listed as irreconcilable differences.

The couple has no children together but Isaacs has three children, in their early twenties or late teens, from a previous relationship.

Perhaps the most interesting and telling part of the story is that Mary J is trying to protect her assets. According to documents she is asking that the judge block Isaacs from being able to collect spousal support. The document does not say whether or not there is a prenup involved.

Obviously no one but the two of them know what went wrong in their marriage; but Mary has shared some interesting thoughts about being marred to her manager and not wanting him to have female friends.

We’re sad to hear this. But hopefully, everything plays out peacefully and Mary doesn’t have to go through any additional pain and heartache.

“I Love Who He Pretended To Be” Keshia Knight Pulliam Opens Up About Split From Ed Hartwell

July 28th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Entertainment Tonight

Source: Entertainment Tonight

We were shocked to hear the news that after just seven months, Keshia Knight Pulliam’s husband, Ed Hartwell, not only filed for divorce but also asked for a paternity test for the baby Pulliam is carrying. While Ed was releasing statements, Keshia’s social media presence seemed to suggest nothing but happiness and positivity surrounding the expectation of her daughter.

But last night, in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight’s” Nischelle Turner, Pulliam finally opened up about the situation and her feelings concerning Ed and his claims that she cheated on him.

She said she decided to do the interview as a way to address the claims Hartwell has made about her.

“…I knew I couldn’t be silent, because this isn’t about money. This isn’t about fame. This isn’t about social media likes or follows. This is about my character — my integrity as a woman being attacked — and that’s not OK.”

Turner: Did you cheat on him during your marriage?

Pulliam: I have never cheated on him during my marriage. That’s not who I am.

Turner: You said you will have a paternity test.

Pulliam: That’s not an issue. There’s no problem. I’ve never been unfaithful to my husband. This is his daughter. It’s one thing when you choose to be in the spotlight. It’s another thing when you have a baby. And it’s not about me, she doesn’t deserve it.

While is asking her for a paternity test to prove that the child is indeed his, Pulliam says that it was Hartwell who was unfaithful, early in their months-long marriage.

“So when, early in my marriage, I was faced with this, I was ready to leave. I had divorce papers ready. I presented them to him. He begged for another chance. He said, ‘Please, I want my family.’ He said all of the right things and once I was pregnant, I did decide to give him that one last chance.”

But apparently Hartwell didn’t want the second chance as much as he said he did. Because it wasn’t long before he bounced. Pulliam described the day he told her about the divorce.

“He left like it was any other day. He said goodbye. I was still sleep in bed. He text me saying hey can I talk to you for a moment, which wasn’t weird. I was like ‘Ok babe.’ He was like ‘You know, this isn’t working.’ All I heard was ‘I filed for divorce this morning and I’m coming to get my stuff.’

Keshia, 37, said that she has never and will never be a side chick and says she plans to sell her current house before her daughter is born.

When Turner asked her if she still loved her husband, she said this.

“I love who he pretended to be. I love who he portrayed himself as, and the one mistake I made was, when he showed me who he really was, not believing him. Not believing him the first time. When he said he wanted our marriage, he wanted our family — I believed him. That’s why I gave him this one last chance, only for him to pull the rug from under me and blindside me.”

She told ET that she has not been in touch with Hartwell.

“There’s nothing to say at this point,” she explains. “They can discuss that through attorneys. I have to move forward. I have to do what I need to to release the hurt, to release this, and to be happy for me and my baby girl, because the stress isn’t good. The stress isn’t healthy. And my only priority is her.”

And then to make the fate of their relationship crystal clear, she said,I have no desire to continue to be married to him. That’s why I’m doing this one interview and I’m done. I’m not going to continue to revisit, regurgitate. But I’m also not going to continue to allow people to tell blatant lies about me.”

Still, despite all of this madness, Keshia said she is grateful for her blessing and that’s her little girl.

You can watch Pulliam’s full interview in the video below.



Ed Hartwell Files For Divorce From Keisha Knight Pulliam

July 26th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Ed Hartwell and Keisha Knight Pulliam’s whirlwind romance appears to have fizzled out completely, as has discovered Ed is ready to sign them papers. In fact, he already filed them.
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The papers were filed Monday morning in a Fulton County, Georgia, courthouse under the name Edgerton Hartwell II and cited irreconcilable differences “such as constant disagreements on life changing decisions that couples typically make together” as the reason for the dissolution request. Keisha, reportedly, is unaware of the filing — or at least she was before now — and had no idea her newlywed husband wanted out of the marriage or to remain single.

This news comes just a little more than seven months after we found out the two had surprisingly jumped the broom at the beginning of the year. But what makes the discovery even more sad is Keisha’s recent revelation that’s she’s pregnant and expecting a baby girl.

While Ed hasn’t put out an official statement on the divorce filing, he did tell TheYBF via his rep:

“Right now, the only thing I want is a paternity test for the baby.”


Amber Rose And The Dangers Of Holding Out Hope That A Man Will Eventually Grow Up

June 17th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Amber Rose proclaims undying love for Wiz Khalifa: "My heart still beats for him every single day. I'm sick of putting on a front like I'm happy without him."

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By now you’ve heard that Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose are officially divorced. And recently she stopped by Hot 97 to talk about her latest venture, her new talk show on VH1. I like Amber Rose and I appreciate what she’s trying to do, raising awareness about rape culture, slut shaming and feminism. But truth be told, the most entertaining part of the interview came when she discussed her past, present and potential future with her ex husband and father of her son, Wiz Khalifa.

First, she addressed the rumors that she and her ex were seen out together at a strip club because they were celebrating their divorce. It didn’t really go down like that.

What happened is we signed the divorce papers, five months prior to that day. That day, we mourned it, we cried. It was a lot. But it actually took that long to go through the court system. And that specific day [the day they were photographed at the strip club together] he just called me and was like, ‘Yo, Am I want to take you out tonight. Let’s just go to the strip club. Spend some money on my baby mama. Let’s just go have a good time.’ I was like cool. Came, picked me up in a little rider, we went out, it was like a nice little date with me and my— Bash’s Dad. And that’s what we do. He’s still my best friend. I love him to death. We just can’t be married. We’re both bosses. We both have different lives. Even if we were married we wouldn’t see each other. It would be weeks and weeks that go by that we don’t see each other.

So, that next day TMZ was like ‘they’re celebrating their divorce.’ Divorce is such a f*cking miserable time in your life. Why the hell would we ever celebrate that? It was such a hard thing to go through. And thank God we got past it. And what was fucked up about that situation is that I really mourned that and I went through it when I signed those papers. And then I had to relive it again, five months later. To actually know that it was really for sure over because the internet put it out.

Do you want to be remarried or in a serious relationship?

If that happens organically. I would like that. I am 32 years old, I do want to have more children. I tell Wiz all the time, please freeze your sperm for me. Just please. Or one day, I’m just going to trap you.

I know y’all going to end up back together.

Maybe in a few years. I don’t know if we would get remarried. I really feel like marriage messed up our relationship. Because if we weren’t married, it wouldn’t have went down like that. We would have just had a rough patch in our relationship and then we would have got back. And being married made it that much more worse.

Wiz proposed to me exactly a year after he met me. Then two months later, I was pregnant with Sebastian. And then we got married, right after the baby. It was a lot. I was 27, he was like 23. And we always say that. ‘Yo, if we would have waited. We probably would have been married now. Or just getting married now. And like already went through our rough patch. But we look at our son and we love him so much, ‘Yo we want another one.’

My only reaction after listening to this interview was, ‘Umph.’ Honestly, I always wanted Wiz and Amber to work their situation out. But when I learned of what he did to cause such friction in their relationship and even his behavior afterward, it was clear that he wasn’t ready to be married…like at all. So I realized me holding out hope for a reconciliation wasn’t likely.

Still, it was always pretty clear that they both loved one another. (Though I didn’t appreciate some of the comments he publicly made about her. In his defense, he did apologize.)

But with the rumors, picture and even video of her dating other men, I thought she was in the process of moving on, letting go of some of those romantic feelings. But this most recent interview, it’s painfully obvious that she not only still has very strong feelings for Wiz, holding out hope that the two will get back together in the near future.


In theory, this sounds amazing. They love each other. They have a son. They want more children together. They should totally be together. And a part of me wants that for them. But I have to be real and say that another part of me wonders if Amber might block her blessings holding out hope for Wiz, thinking that he’s the only man she’ll ever be able to love like that.

I say that as someone who was very, very close to missing out on a good thing—and by thing I mean man— because I was holding on to the notion that I would ultimately be with another one. I’ve written about this before. But I’ll summarize again, quickly. I was so attached to the idea of being in a relationship and then marrying this one particular person, that I figured any other relationship was something to pass the time until the two of us could be together.

Today, I realize if things had gone the way I actually wanted them, I would have played the hell out of myself. Eventually, I woke up. And it’s highly likely that Amber will do the same. But I had an advantage in the situation in that I wasn’t having family days with my ex. We didn’t share a child, so there was nothing that bonded us for life. And still, with no contact, it took a minute for me to realize that it just wasn’t going to happen.

Amber says that the marriage was the downfall of their relationship. But I wonder if their problems, his lifestyle, their schedules and her feelings about his music would change if they were simply living together or in a relationship (that wasn’t open) instead of being legally married? Would she suddenly be cool with him talking about his sexcapades because they aren’t married? Would she be okay with him being unfaithful because they’re not married?  Marriage births a lot of new expectations but expectations are a part of every human relationship. And while they may change, they never disappear completely.

Then again, I imagine that two years being separated when you were married with a child, is still relatively new in the “breakup” phase. And anyone who’s ever broken up can tell you that there is often a period of time where the hope of reconciliation is still strong. Perhaps now that Amber will be focusing on her career, promoting her ideas and raising her son, she might find that there is someone else who can love her better than Wiz.

You can check out more interesting tidbits about her relationship with her ex husband as well as the full interview, on the next page.

Afeni Shakur And Whether Or Not Men Deserve Alimony

March 18th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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I’ve never been a fan of alimony. In this day in age, when both men and women have the ability to work and provide for themselves, I just don’t see the need. And while I think a stay-at-home mother should be compensated until she can get herself on her feet, there are far too many people who, I believe, take advantage of the system.

No one proves my point more than Gust Davis.

You may not know him by name but his is the husband of Afeni Shakur, Tupac Shakur’s mother. The couple have been married for 12 years but now, according to TMZ, Afeni wants out.

Sadly, the couple never had a prenup. And now, Davis is trying to take advantage. In North Carolina, where Shakur filed, judges are not required to divide property up 50/50. They evaluate each case to determine what’s fair.

Davis is asking for the right to live on a 50 acre ranch in North Carolina, the keys to the houseboats and the Jaguar.

But that’s not the worst of it. In addition to the property, Davis also wants alimony. Davis reported that the Tupac Estate brings in $900k a year. But after expenses, Afeni receives $20,000 a month. As a part of the divorce settlement, Davis is asking for $10,000 a month, half of Afeni’s monthly check from the estate, for the rest of his life.

Shakur has been separated from Davis for more than a year and is currently living in a houseboat in Sausalito, California.

She has also filed documents asking a judge to dismiss Davis’ alimony request.

Davis is, according to TMZ, a minister. I guess he never heard of the scripture, a man who doesn’t work, doesn’t eat.

There is something so heinous about all of this. While I don’t like alimony for anyone, it really grinds my gears when men are asking for it.

Some would call it sexist. But I don’t even think that’s the case here. It’s no secret that there is a real male privilege when it comes to not only employment but compensation for said employee. Men have always and still continue to make more money than women for equal work. It’s a fact. So Davis, and any other man married to a rich or powerful woman, should be able to provide for themselves even if that woman and her money are no longer around. You should always have your own money on the side, in the context of any relationship, in case, God forbid, something happens. The same is certainly true for women who often find themselves trapped in dead or dysfunctional relationships because they’re financially trapped.

I can’t grasp the concept of anyone, from any gender, feeling entitled to a former spouse’s money when they don’t want to be connected to that person through marriage any longer. People will argue that you become accustomed to a type of lifestyle that should continue after the divorce? Why exactly should it continue? Again, unless a man or woman has made a conscious decision not to work to stay home and raise children or keep the house, essentially working without outside compensation, why do you expect your lifestyle to remain the same when you make a serious life change like getting a divorce? The nature of divorce is at its core, a change in lifestyle. Sure, Davis might have been spending Tupac and Afeni’s money when he was married to her; but now that that connection has been severed, how dare he want to live off of a dead man’s estate, simply because he was once connected to his mother? It’s shameful.

You’re Still Married? Celebrities Who Got Engaged Under Complicated Circumstances

January 25th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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It looks like Mariah Carey and James Packer have gotten engaged — without officially getting divorced from their exes first. But they’re not the only celeb couple rushing to the altar. These celebrities were down to marry someone new before their divorces were finalized.