Mary J. Blige may have sung about ‘No More Drama,’ but her divorce is playing out quite theatrically.
As reported, the singer called time on her 12-year marriage to manager Kendu Issacs in July.
At the time she cited “irreconcilable differences” and it seems as though the differences also thread through their expectations of what’s owed and what’s not.
See what we mean below…
According to TMZ, Issacs filed his response to the divorce petition and he is officially seeking spousal support.
Mary, however, wants the court to block him from receiving anything – including the lawyer’s fees he’s demanding too.
Interestingly, there’s conundrum over when exactly the couple formally separated; in Issacs submission, he lists July 25th. As for Mary, she said at the time of her filing that the date was “to be determined.”
It’s currently unknown if the pair have a prenuptial agreement. In the event that they don’t, all of their assets (up until the point of split) could be divided. A move that wouldn’t bode well for Mary who is the primary earner. It’s anyone’s guess what Issacs was pocketing as her manager, but typical industry practice would see him take home 10-20% of what she generated under his stewardship.
What is certain, though, is that the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul is already carving out her success narrative post-marriage. She recently announced a world tour with Maxwell, revealed her new album would arrive before the year’s end, and joined ‘How To Get Away With Murder.’