“It’s Horrible”: Mary J Blige Talks Contentious Split From Kendu Isaac As He Says She’s Destroying His Reputation
If there’s anything we know about Mary J. Blige, it’s that whatever she’s going through will inevitably come to light through her music. And as she goes through her divorce from husband Kendu Issacs (married since 2003), fights to keep her money as he seeks spousal support, and opens her European shows with images of news clippings about their contentious split, “Thick of It” perfectly describes the emotional roller coaster Blige is currently on.
“I’ve been speaking to my fans like this since 1994,” said of the track while on the UK talk show Loose Women. “We created a relationship through all my trials and them having trials as well and us getting through it. So the song is basically about where I am right now. I’m in the thick of it. I’m in the middle of a divorce that’s everywhere. It’s just how hard life is. It’s the pain. It’s the lawyers. It’s the this. It’s the that. It’s not even knowing someone that you thought you knew for years. It’s horrible. But there’s hope in it as well. I have to keep the joy so I can live and survive. I can’t just die in the sadness. This is why I’m here — because I kept my joy in spite of my pain and crying and releasing everything on stage to my fans and us healing together. I kept my joy.”
But we know that Isaacs is currently looking to grab at that joy, and Blige’s pockets. According to The Daily Mail, Blige’s decision to be so open about their divorce drama is being described as a clear attempt to “shame,” financially “suffocate” and “destroy” him and his reputation. He’s filed court documents stating that she’s trying to portray herself as the victim while painting him as the villain in public.
He’s still seeking more than $129,000 a month and is hoping to obtain it during a scheduled spousal support hearing in December. Blige and her lawyer have requested for the hearing to be moved to February so that she can actually be present due to her tour schedule. However, Isaacs is depending on the December date, otherwise, he will allegedly be completely out of money by then since he’s been fired as her manager. Plus, he has a lifestyle to keep up, including keeping a private chef, personal trainer, covering the rent on several of his properties, providing support for his two children, his parents, and more. All this, despite agreeing to a prenuptial agreement before they married, which Isaacs now says isn’t valid since he didn’t have a lawyer present during signing.
Blige filed for divorce back in July and since August, has reportedly given him more than $135,000.