Mary J. Blige on Divorce from Kendu Isaacs: ‘I Have to Move on and Save Myself’
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Mary J. Blige says her “heart is okay” amid her emotional divorce from her husband of 12 years, Kendu Isaacs.
The R&B singer opened up about the breakup during a Wednesday appearance on Good Morning America, saying, “I’m hanging in there.”
“No one wants to go through this, and this is hard,” she told Robin Roberts.
Blige, 45, filed for divorce from Isaacs in July, citing irreconcilable differences and asking that any spousal support to Isaacs be terminated.
“The breaking point was when I kept asking over and over and over again for respect and to be respected. And it just seemed like I was beating a dead horse,” Blige told Roberts. “It seemed like I was talking to a wall. I just wasn’t getting it back so if I can’t get respect in the relationship, then I have to move on and save myself.”
She added: “That was the point where I was like, ‘I’m done. I just can’t do it anymore.’”

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According to ABC News, Isaacs is reportedly requesting about $130,000 per month from Blige in spousal support. Blige told Roberts that it’s important for any woman going through a divorce to keep control of their finances.
“You have to handle your business. You have to take responsibility and stay on top of it because things like this will happen if you don’t. You need people that will help you, but they can’t do everything for you. You have to be in the mix of it.”
In the months since the split, Blige released a “personal” single, “Thick of It.”
“It’s almost painful to let it out,” Blige said of the track in a press release. “I don’t hold back though. It’s not who I am and there’s no way I am going to start changing now.”