After 12 Years of Marriage, Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs Call It Quits

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16:  Singer/ producer Mary J. Blige and husband/ record producer Kendu Isaacs attend the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival after-party for 'Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions' sponsored by American Express at Empire Hotel Rooftop on April 16, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

After 12 Years of Marriage, Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs Call It Quits

The singer cited "irreconcilable differences" on the filing.

Published July 28, 2016

After a dozen years together, Mary J. Blige has decided to file for divorce from her manager-turned-husband Kendu Isaacs.

While the details have yet to be dished out from Blige’s representative, according to TMZ, the court document cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split. The date of separation also reportedly was listed as “to be determined.” The report also shares that the singer requested Isaacs to not receive spousal support following the divorce and doesn't mention if there was a prenup or not.

The power couple wed in late 2003, and while they have no children together, Blige took on the role of stepmother to Isaacs’s children, BrianaJordan and Nas, from the beginning of their relationship.

Back in 2012, Blige was hit with rumors their marriage was on the rocks and addressed this on the Wendy Williams Show, saying she would be a “liar” if she told her fans everything was “perfect.”

“We have situations just like everyone else,” she said. “We’re not out in public trying to kill each other, but it’s real. We love each other.”

Throughout their relationship, the work/life/love balance was at times a challenge for the couple, who at times were criticized for working so closely together. Blige once shared in an interview that the downside to their relationship was that “it’s on all the time.”

“When you don’t feel like answering your manager, he’s still your husband,” the singer told Stella Magazine. “If one of you don’t want to talk about something right now, you have to respect that. And you have to respect each other’s space.”

At the time of this report, neither Blige nor Isaacs have commented on the filing.

Written by KC Orcutt

(Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)


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