Mary J. Blige Reaches A Divorce Settlement With Ex Kendu Isaacs

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Danny Moloshok

After a long haul, the divorce has been finalized.

Mary J. Blige came to a settlement with ex-husband/manager Martin “Kendu” Isaacs on Friday— just two nights before her appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night.

According to The Blast, Blige and Isaacs were scheduled to appear in court on Monday, but they were able to settle without a court appearance. Details of their settlement have not been made public.

READ: Mary J. Blige’s Divorce Papers Reveal She Made No Money From ‘Mudbound’

The Grammy Award-winner filed for divorce in 2016, and citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split. The two had been married for 12 years. Though Blige had asked the court to reject any requests for spousal support, in June of 2017 she was ordered to pay her estranged husband $30,000 per month in temporary spousal support.

Court documents obtained by The Blast in January show Isaacs claimed, that he had “experienced physical manifestations of stress and emotional distress from this matter, which has caused him to become hospitalized.” He also claims he is “unemployable” and cannot pay rent without Blige’s financial support.

According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE last May, during their marriage Blige claimed Isaacs spent more than $420,000 on “travel charges” involving a woman he was having an affair with. Blige also claimed that Isaacs refused to turn over possession of her “Grammy and other achievement awards.”

The singer, who has been a stepmother to Isaacs’ children from a previous relationship, has long claimed that she was the only breadwinner in the family and that she’s been dealing with millions of dollars in dept.

READWatch Common, Andra Day & Mary J. Blige Perform “Stand Up” & “Mighty River” At The Oscars

The settlement came on Oscar weekend. Blige was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the film Mudbound, as well as for Best Original Song for “Mighty River.”

Ivie Ani

Ivie is a Nigerian-American, native New Yorker, and journalist covering culture. Usually on-air, on deadline, and on point. @ivieani

Published by
Ivie Ani

Recent Posts

Ari Lennox Kicks off Cuffing Season With “POF” Music Video

A few weeks after the release of age/sex/location, Ari Lennox returns and drops the official… Read More

October 5, 2022

Yasiin Bey Asks Black Star Fans To “Value” Their Creative Process

While visiting People's Party with Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey called out Black Star fans for… Read More

October 5, 2022

“I Had to See Him:” Freddie Gibbs Talks About Bumping Into Jeezy & Ending Beef

While on The Bootleg Kev Podcast, $oul $old $eparately rapper Freddie Gibbs spoke about he and Jeezy… Read More

October 5, 2022

Kanye West Faces Criticism From Ahmaud Arbery’s Mother Over “White Lives Matter” Shirt

Ahmaud Arbery's mother Wanda Cooper-James and Vogue have expressed disappointment over Ye's recent controversial statements. Kanye West… Read More

October 5, 2022

Diddy Claims Mase Owes Him $3 Million — Not The Other Way Around

While visiting The Breakfast Club, Diddy dismissed Mase's allegations of owing the Harlem World rapper… Read More

October 5, 2022

2022 BET Hip Hop Awards: A Clipse Reunion, Fat Joe With A Drumline, And TikTok Rap Hits

During the 2022 BET Hip Hop Awards, Clipse reunited for "Grindin," while "F.N.F. (Let's Go)"… Read More

October 5, 2022