Mary J. Blige has built an incredibly successful career singing about love and break ups. It appears she’ll have plenty to croon about on her next album.
Blige filed for divorce from her long-time manager, Martin “Kendu” Isaacs, according to TMZ. She stated that irreconcilable differences were the reason for the split but didn’t specify a date of separation, which is odd since it implies that the separation hasn’t happened yet.
The documents did include a request that the court deny any demands from Isaacs regarding spousal support. There was no mention of a pre-nuptial agreement between the two parties.
The complexity of their relationship cannot be understated. Blige opened up about being married to her manager to Stella Magazine, admitting that “there’s no separation—it’s on all the time.” (h/t TMZ).
Very few people will ever deal with this type of situation. Not only are they co-workers in a sense, but he was responsible for the overwhelming majority of her recent career. She went on to talk about how you can ignore a call from your manager or your husband, but combining both roles made that difficult.
Additionally, neither was allowed to have opposite-sex friends. Blige reportedly believed that it never worked within a marriage. Perhaps that lack of trust led to the underlying issues of the divorce.
Blige, who is 45 years old, started her music career as a background singer before putting out her debut album, What’s the 411?, in 1992. She’s gone on to record 11 albums with a large number of guest appearances on others’ tracks. The reward-show circuit has validated that prolific career. She’s been nominated for 30 Grammy Awards, which is a record, winning nine of them.
Blige has also had astounding commercial success. She is on the short list of musicians who have released an incredible eight multi-platinum albums.
Now, if she doesn’t have a pre-nuptial agreement, she will have to fight for everything she’s earned. Their 12-year marriage and working relationship may make it difficult for her to squash any requests for alimony.
The complexity of the relationship can be an indicator of the complexity of the divorce. The knowledgeable attorneys at the Men’s Divorce Law Firm understand this because family law is our focus. Call 321-DIVORCE to schedule a consultation and let us get to work for you.