Everyone can agree that Mary J. Blige‘s last relationship with Kendu Isaacs ended terribly. Especially when you take into consideration how quick his fingers grew pincers as he tried to make a money grab for Mary’s cash in the aftermath of their marriage’s demise. And although we were all constantly looking at Kendu from the corner of our eyes, Mary was taking notes saying to herself “Nope, not doing this shit again!” Because she’s decided she’s done footing the bill for men who love her money more than her.
Mary J. Blige And Faith Evans May Or May Not Have Gotten Into A Physical Altercation At Diddy’s NYFW Party
If the Twitterverse was as reputable a source for news media as The New York Times, we’d have ourselves a Pulitzer contending piece this morning with a fully fact checked and eye witnessed account of Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans getting laying some “hateration” upon each other at Diddy‘s New York Fashion Week party in the Hamptons last night. Alas, Twitter has a little way to go (read: miles and miles) before anything written or read on there can be taken at face value, so Mary J. and Faith probably did not have a wig pulling, shoe throwing fight, and we’ll have to satiate our animal instincts by replaying on a loop the video of Cardi B. throwing her shoe at Nicki Minaj.
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.