If this isn’t turning out to be the makings of No More Drama, Part II: So Much Drama…. Mary J. Blige is going through some divorce crappiness with her estranged husband and former manager Kendu Isaacs. Over the weekend, we learned that Kendu allegedly spent $420,000 on his side piece. Kendu claimed it was “travel expenses.” It sounds like he would have had better luck trying to pass it off as “business expenses,” because Page Six claims the woman on the receiving end of all that cash was on Mary’s payroll.
Sources tell Page Six that Kendu’s mistress is a 28-year-old singer named Starshell. Starshell has co-written two songs with Mary, and was signed to Mary’s record label, Matriarch Entertainment. Mary has been mentoring Starshell for a while now.
That picture of Starshell, Kendu, and Mary was taken at an event in 2010, which would put Starshell at around 21 and Kendu at 41, aka just the right age for that kind of clichéd sleaziness. Source say it’s been going on for a while, but Mary was the last to know. Although, one source claims she had her “suspicions.” Suspicions sounds like a great title for a future Mary J. Blige album.
“It’s really fucked up and low to have it done to her that way. Had it not been for Mary signing her, investing time and money…Because no one cared about her music. You’d see them out in the studio together, having dinner without Mary. And then Mary would be at events with her, and it was awkward because it was obvious they were sleeping together.”
Another source claims that Kendu was chipping away at Mary’s self-esteem in more ways than just stepping out with her protégé.
“He was verbally controlling. He’d say the most negative shit to her five minutes before she’d hit the stage.”
Kendu’s lawyer released a statement asking the public to please stop telling stories about Kendu’s shady ways.
“Allegations that have been made about Kendu are false, unfair, mean-spirited and sad. The court can deal with it if it’s relevant. He’s a very pleasant guy. He’s not abusive. He’s not the one going to the press. His goal is to reach an amicable resolution with her and [have] this commentary cease and desist. It doesn’t help any of them. It’s misleading. He cares about Mary. He wants her to do well.”
Either Mary was truly in the dark about Kendu and Starshell, or she just didn’t want to believe it. But she had to know something was up. There was no way Starshell didn’t slip up at least once and walk into a business meeting with a sidepiece present, like a $2,000 purse. “Girl, I don’t know where you’re getting this money from, but it sure as hell isn’t from the sales of your music.”