After just shy of two years, TMZ says that Mary J. Blige is officially divorced from her former manager and husband of 13 years Kendu Isaacs. Their divorce fight was long and grimy. Kendu reportedly wanted $130,000 a month in spousal support, then dropped it to $65,000 a month, while Mary was accusing him of dropping almost half a million on a mistress and claiming to be too broke to cut him such big checks. In March it was reported that they’d finally come to a settlement.
It was a real cliffhanger for fans of Mary’s bank account, and it still is. TMZ says that a judge signed off on Mary’s divorce yesterday. Even though they came to a settlement agreement already, the details still needed to be worked out.
Mary and Kendu were married for 13 years, but didn’t have any kids, so there’s no custody battle.
I don’t think you have to be a descendant of Poirot to figure out who got what. The biggest clue will be Kendu himself. Kendu claimed he needed $130,000 a month in spousal support, then $65,000, to support his luxe lifestyle. A man who was willing to settle for a measly $780,000 a year will show it in his face. Like when you pull up next to Kendu at a red light and see his depressed, tear-stained staring back at you from the backseat of a chauffeured Hyndai Sonata.
Mary J. Blige has claimed she’s millions in debt, owes thousands in spousal support to her estranged husband Kendu Isaacs, and that doing Mudbound cost her money. Mary didn’t win either of the awards she was up for last night at the Oscars, but that’s not to say she didn’t have anything to celebrate. TMZ says that after battling it out for almost two years, Mary and Kendu have settled their divorce. Sources say they were scheduled to go to trial today in Los Angeles, but it was called off after the two of them came to a settlement agreement on Friday.
TMZ doesn’t have the details of the settlement. At one point, Kendu was asking for $130,00 a month in support (a judge approved $30,000). Mary claimed she wasn’t making the kind of money that could justify the zeros on Kendu’s spousal support checks.
In October, Mary claimed they had racked up $12 million in debt together. She was reportedly denying she should be ponying up anymore money, and that Kendu should man up and pay off his $6 million share. Recently Mary had accused Kendu of being allergic to work, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the settlement negotiations went like this:
Mary: “I’ll give you $5000 in cash, one of the fancy vacations in my Oscar nominee gift bag, one of my nicer wigs from the Family Affair music video that you can sell on eBay, and my Burger King lifetime free chicken sandwich club card. As a bonus, I’ll forget about all my money you blew on your mistress.”
Kendu: “No deal.”
Mary: “Or you can look for a job.”
Kendu: “Is that card accepted at all locations or what?”
Note that I left out the word “mess,” as there’s no question that the messiest part of the red carpet was most likely the three square feet of space occupied by Ryan Seacrest.
If there was an award for red carpet fashion that makes you question a stylist’s sanity, Nicole Kidman would be that category’s Meryl Streep. Nicole arrived in an Armani Prive gown that does double duty. From the waist-up she’s very mascot of a sexy frozen fish company, and from the waist down I’m getting a reminder to please separate my plastic recyclables from my paper.
Mary J. Blige is going to the Oscars on Sunday with not one, but two nominations. She’s nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mudbound, as well as Best Original Song for “Mighty River” (also for Mudbound). Sadly, being known as Two-time Academy Award-nominee Mary J. Blige is not an honor that has put much money in her pockets. According to divorce documents filed by Mary J. Blige and obtained by The Blast, her work on Moudbound ended up costing her money.
There was a lot of messy fashion at the SAG Awards last night (prepare yourself accordingly after that jump below!). But obviously any effort that was put in was immediately cancelled out the second Kate Hudson returned to the scene of last year’s fashion crime and fully outdid herself in a fluffy Valentino vision of countrified love. I say love because, duh, the hearts a’plenty, but also because I love this dress. What’s not to love? Black velvet (check), pink beauty pageant chiffon (check), a high-lace neckline with corresponding bib of ruffles (checking furiously). The only thing missing is a pink parasol. Kate probably left it in the limo for fear of being mistaken for Miley Cyrus in a knock-off production of My Fair Lady called Decent Lookin’ Gal.
Here’s who else showed up and sizzled eyeballs with style.
Hollywood decided to wear black at the Golden Globes last Sunday night in silent protest of the industry’s sexual assault problem. But four days later, most Hollywood people at the Critics’ Choice Awards went with color.
Kate Bosworth didn’t wear color, but she did wear a mess. Kate is wearing a dress by Brock Collection, but if I hadn’t been told who made her dress, I’d assume she went into a formal event showroom on a particularly dry day, collected too much static electricity while trying on a bridal gown with her socks on, and accidentally left the store with a child’s christening gown that was stuck to her. The best part is that the fun didn’t end when Kate turned around.