Mary J. Blige cites “overwhelming disrespect” for the reason she ultimately decided to file for divorce. She says she’s doing just fine without him.
The 46-year-old R&B singer from the Bronx talked to Power 105.1’s Angie Martinez about the demise of her 12-year marriage. She told the radio host the “overwhelming disrespect” eventually caused her to file for a divorce last July.
Blige talked about how she’d finally reached her breaking point. She had to get herself out of the marriage. Her husband, Martin “Kendu” Isaacs, is also her manager.
She says she just started to notice things that led her to believe she wasn’t who Isaacs wanted anymore. He started throwing questions at her like:
“‘OK, why don’t you cook?’ … ‘Why don’t you wear your hair like this?’ I never wore my hair like this before, what’s up with you?”
When the “My Life” singer decided to call it quits on the marriage, she cited irreconcilable differences. She also requested that her husband, Kendu Isaacs, not be granted any form of spousal support.
The ensuing months, however, have been plagued by drama — not only was Isaacs holding a Grammy and two of Blige’s luxury cars hostage, but in October he demanded nearly $130,000 in spousal support, as well as money for a private chef, a personal trainer, and clothing.
“When you realize you’re by yourself in the relationship and you’re suffering through it, now it’s time to do some investigating,” Blige told Martinez. “I was getting things here and there, but I didn’t have full proof. But when I got the full proof, I didn’t have to investigate it, it just showed up.”
Though Blige doesn’t divulge what exactly she was investigating, the singer alleged in December (in the same documents as the Grammy drama) that Isaacs had conned her out of $420,000 in business expenses while serving as her manager.
Last year, the “Be Without You” singer released “Thick of It,” a breakup anthem inspired by her messy divorce. The record included lyrics like, “I ain’t no quitter babe, and I be damned if all these years I let you diss me, babe.”