A judge has ordered R&B superstar Mary J. Blige to pay spousal support to her ex-husband and former personal manager, Martin “Kendu” Isaacs. Although the judge ordered Blige to pay Isaacs $30,000 per month in temporary spousal support, Isaacs would likely feel disappointed because he is getting much less than the $129,319 he asked for, TMZ reported.
The judge also ordered that Blige would have to pay retroactive support dating back to September of 2016. She would also have to pay attorney fees, bringing the total to more than $235,000. The judge also noted that the former couple had been living beyond their means and owed millions of dollars in back taxes.
The judge ordered Blige to pay Isaacs spousal support after determining that he needed the payment to maintain the standard of living he had become used to as Mary Blige’s spouse. Isaac had demanded a total of $129, 319, arguing that since Blige fired him from his position as her personal manager, he was “left with no income” and has not been able to find another job.
The total of $129, 319 he demanded included $5,000 a month to support his parents and $4,971 to support his two children from a previous relationship, the Daily Mail reported.
Blige had asked the court to deny Isaacs spousal support, E! News reported. She argued that their prenuptial agreement waived spousal support.
“My success as an entertainer has nothing to do with [Isaacs],” Blige said in her court documents. “I was successful when I met him and have continued to enjoy success, although there have certainly been ups and downs.”
She accused Isaacs of misappropriating her money, spending more than $400,000 on travel expenses that were unrelated to his job as her manager. She said she learned that Isaacs had been misappropriating her money only recently. Blige also argued in the documents that she made no money from a recent tour and that she has been struggling with debt lately.
“He suggests we lived a lavish lifestyle and in fact, we over spent and we are in significant debt,” she said. “We owe millions of dollars in taxes and have significant advances that have to be recouped by record companies.”
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— TMZ (@TMZ) June 8, 2017
She also insisted that it was not her responsibility to support Isaac’s parents and his children from a previous marriage.
“I’m not responsible for supporting his parents and his children from another relationship, which he lists as ongoing monthly expenses,” Blige stated.
Thousands of Blige fans were upset to learn that the “Queen of Hip Hop-soul” would have to pay spousal support to Isaacs after Blige accused him of cheating. Although the judge approved about $100,000 less than Isaacs had demanded, many fans felt that $360,000 a year was still more than he deserved and that he had no moral right to live off Blige’s success.
“Martin needs to get his *** a job.”
“… that greedy ***, lyin’, cheatin’, ***** *** doesn’t deserve that much!”
— TMZ (@TMZ) June 8, 2017
Blige and Isaacs have been married for nearly 13 years. They have no children, but Isaacs has children from a previous marriage. Blige filed for divorce in July of 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. She also accused Isaacs of cheating.
“Ms. Blige is saddened to say it is true that she has filed for divorce saying sometimes things don’t work how we hoped they would,” her representative told E! News at the time. “But, there is a divine plan and a reason for everything. Mary will continue writing & working on her album which is due out later this year along with her world tour. She thanks and appreciates her fans for their support and love through this very difficult emotional time.”
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