By Ryan Velez
The divorce between Mary J. Blige and her ex-husband Kendu Issacs has been about as drawn-out and bitter as there has been in recent memory. Now, Madamenoire adds another chapter to this continuing story, with Issacs requesting more spousal support due to “divorce songs” hindering his employment opportunities.
He isn’t wrong in the sense that the breakup is certainly creatively fueling Blige’s work. Her latest album, Strength of a Woman, is full of lyrics that seemingly call out her relationship. In addition, she hasn’t been shy about talking about his activities during her marriage. In September, she went far enough to call him a con artist.
“I thought someone loved me, right? Turns out, he was a con artist and he didn’t, and now he’s coming after me for all my money,” she said while promoting her film Mudbound. “When you come out of something like that, you realize you were never the one. There was someone else that was his queen. I got played. I got suckered. I have to keep smiling and keep my spirits up because this is designed to kill me.”
Legally, Issacs blames the release of singles like “Love Yourself” and “Set Me Free” on hindering his ability to find work. The Blast reports that he needs more money to get by while he finds work, as well as to pay for the 1,400 square foot apartment he’s staying in while in Los Angeles.
He originally requested $129,319 a month before Blige was ordered to only pay $30,000 a month in spousal support back in June. But now he is seeking an increase to $65,000, claiming she has $275,476 a month available that can go towards paying him spousal support.
Issacs’ reasoning is that Blige has used him and his name to make these successful “divorce songs,” and that he has gotten his cut. However, the previous rulings against him from the judge mean that his chances to cash in on this will be unlikely. Issacs was Blige’s manager during their marriage.
Another thing to consider is that Blige’s own financial issues may hinder her ability to pay anyway. In 2013, she was hit with a massive tax lien after it came out that she hadn’t paid her taxes in years.