Mary J. Blige Has to Pay Her Ex $30,000 a Month in Spousal Support

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Mary J. Blige has been ordered to pay $30,000 a month in spousal support to her estranged husband Martin “Kendu” Isaacs as part of divorce proceedings.

The bright side is that Isaacs had initially asked for nearly $130,000 a month in spousal support, a figure Blige and her lawyers strongly opposed. TMZ reports that “the court found Martin was entitled to some dough to accommodate the standard of living he was used to while married to Mary, but also decided his dream number was unreasonable.”

In court papers, Blige accused Isaacs of spending her money on travel and other expenses for his girlfriend. The spousal support is labeled as temporary.


Blige has showed her divorce frustration in interviews—particularly during a sit-down with Angie Martinez in March for her album Strength of a Woman, where Blige details her emotional state during and leading up to the divorce, including accusations of infidelity.

“You know, he has the power to make it all go away, if he just would stop demanding what he’s demanding,” said Blige. “And that’s not fair to me because he doesn’t deserve what he’s demanding. It’s not fair. Why do I have to pay you? And why do you think you deserve this amount of money? Why do you think you deserve any money? You didn’t make me. You’re not God. So I have to pay you for being my husband and for being my manager?”

Culture Editor, Jezebel

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Why do celebrities always have to pay spousal support? In my experience, the only cases where judges ever grant spousal support are those where one party literally cannot survive financially without it. Like the wife who has been a stay at home mom for the past 18 years and needs some temporary support to get some education or training to enter the workforce. Do different standards apply to celebs?