Mary J. Blige is speaking out about her emotional divorce from husband and manager Kendu Isaacs.
The nine-time Grammy Award winner filed for divorce in July citing irreconcilable differences, and asking that any spousal support be terminated.
However, “Extra” obtained court documents which state Isaacs is requesting almost $130,000 per month in spousal support. He is also asking for $100,000 in attorneys' fees and $30,000 in forensic accountant fees, noting that Mary had terminated his employment as personal manager, leaving him with zero income and no access to their joint personal and business accounts. The documents also state the singer’s monthly available income as $371,749, of which she paid 10% to her manager ex each month.
The “Thick of It” singer emotionally opened up on “Good Morning America,” telling Robin Roberts, “My heart is okay. I’m hanging in there. No one wants to go through this, and this is hard.”
The two had been together for 12 years, but as she explains, Blige wanted respect. “The breaking point was when I kept asking over and over and over again for respect and to be respected. And it just seemed like I was beating a dead horse. It seemed like I was talking to a wall.” She continued, "I just wasn’t getting it back, so if I can’t get respect in the relationship, then I have to move on and save myself. I’m done. I can’t do it anymore”
Many times, the R&B singer’s music has gotten her fans through tough times and heartache. This time, she needed their support. “What is getting me through is God, prayer, my family, people who love me, my fans. Me being healthy and loving myself the way I do and taking care of myself… It’s put me in a place where I can see things clearer.”
Blige has been surrounding herself around positive people, including going on tour with Maxwell. “It’s been so cathartic for me and so healthy for me because this is where I bring all my pain. I bring it to the stage. My fans are there and when they come to the show they bring their trials and tribulations. This is where we are healing. We are getting better.”