Mary J. Blige made Mary J. Blige, and she doesn’t want her soon-to-be ex husband to forget it.
For the first time, Blige is setting the record straight on what’s really going down inside the bitter divorce battle she’s enduring with her ex, and former manager, Kendu Isaacs. In an exclusive interview with Angie Martinez on New York’s POWER105.1 today, the ESSENCE Fest 2017 performer shared her true feelings on Isaacs’ lengthy and absurd spousal support demands.
“The games that are being played,” said Blige.In October 2016, through his lawyers, Isaacs demanded over $130,000 in spousal support from Blige, which he said included a request for funds to cover a personal chef and trainers, a clothing stipend and to make charitable donations.
"I’m still standing,” said Blige. But make no mistake, she’s pissed off too. “It’s because of what’s happening in court. This is why everything is bad,” she continues.
Blige says all of the drama in her life right now, centers on the legal battle with Isaacs, whom she was married to for 13 years before filing divorce in 2016. “You know, he has the power to make it all go away, if he just would stop demanding what he’s demanding,” Blige insisted. “And that’s not fair to me because he doesn’t deserve what he’s demanding. It’s not fair.”
Isaacs served Blige’s musical career has spanned over 25 years and generated countless hit albums and singles, is appalled that Isaacs is demanding that she continue to support him financially.
“Why do I have to pay you?” she said. “And why do you think you deserve this amount of money? Why do you think you deserve any money? You didn’t make me. You’re not God. So I have to pay you for being my husband and for being my manager?”
While they were married, Isaacs also served as Blige’s manager, but the queen of hip-hop soul refuses to give him an ounce of credit for her success: “You say you ‘helped me,’ but you didn’t build this career,” she continued. “I was Mary J. Blige before I even met you. So that’s not fair of you. So this is the sickness.”
Martinez asked Blige if she felt her former lover was owed “something” since he was her manager for so many years, but the Bronx-born native wasn’t budging. “Why would he be entitled to something?” she asked. “Because he’s used to living the way he used to live? Why else would he think he’s entitled to something? If you did what you did because you love me, and you managed me because you love me, and you rocked with me as my husband because you loved me, why should I have to pay you now?”
It seems one of the larger pressure points for Blige was that Isaacs expects her to support him and his family when she feel she no longer has any ties.
“No disrespect to his family at all, but I’m not responsible for them. I don’t have any children with you and I’m not responsible for anything else with you anymore.”
We hear you Mary. But does he? When asked if she and Isaacs have tried to talk it out, without their lawyers, Blige revealed that they’re not speaking anymore.
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“When I did talk to him, he wasn’t talking sensibly,” she revealed. “He believes that he’s entitled to this, so I can’t even talk to you no more.”
Listen to the full interview above to find out how the queen of emotional growth and breakthroughs is moving past this and moving on.