BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Mary J. Blige attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Mary J. Blige was walking with a little extra bounce in her step on the red carpet Sunday at the Oscars. Now we know why!
She reached an agreement in the divorce proceedings with Kendu Isaacs.
The divorce trial was supposed to be this week but according to a story on BlackAmericaWeb.com the two reached a settlement out of court Friday.
The settlement details have not been released.
The singer/actress was nominated for two Oscars, both related to her work in Mudbound.
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“I’m just being straight-up honest,” she said. “I never wanted to do all this stuff, but after what I’ve been through and the mess that I’m in … You have to pay those taxes. It’s good to see what you have and what you don’t have — and why are we paying this person $5,000 a week?” she said.
Last year, Blige spoke at Essence Fest 2016 about how she got through it following her split from Isaacs.
“The journey that got us here is that every woman can relate to, a woman out there fighting for her marriage,” she said, according to People. “When I first started writing (my album, ‘Strength of a Woman’), I was fighting for my marriage. There were a lot of layers to me peeled back for this marriage. I really thought I did (find) the love of my life.”
The singer said she turned to prayer to help her get through the pain.
“Being Mary J. Blige the celebrity is secondary and I’m a human being first and I suffer just like everyone else,” Blige said. “I believe that I wasn’t given this career or this job as a singer or this gift from God to sit down and say, ‘I’m going to suffer from the world in silence and die.’ And it’s therapeutic for me as well. So, you know, that’s why. It’s not just for me.”
Blige has been nominated for best supporting actress at the 90th Academy Awards for her role in the Netflix film “Mudbound.” Her song “Mighty River” from the film’s soundtrack has been nominated in the Best Original Song category.
Thursday, January 11, 2018 was a big day for Mary J. Blige. The singer/actress not only celebrated her birthday and a trip to the Critics’ Choice Awards but she also got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Notable names in her career including Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Dee Rees, the director of the movie Mudbound attended the event. She was also supported by her family.
The “Fine” songstress says the movie Mudbound “opened doors and gave me strength I didn’t know I had”. Blige credits Rees with calling her for a role in the movie when she was at a low point.
During the speech she says she’s not letting what’s going on in her life “get the best” of her. She also says she’s glad the star came at this time in her life even though she’s already earned it “3 times” over.
Blige filed for divorce in 2016 after 13 years of marriage to Martin “Kendu” Isaacs, who also is her former manager. According to documents, Blige argued that the couple’s prenuptial agreement waived any spousal support. However, a judge ruled that Blige must pay the monthly support retroactively to September. That, along with her attorney fees, will cost the singer more than $235,000, TMZ reported.
Isaacs originally sought $129,319 per month, TMZ reported.
People reported that Blige claimed in court documents that Isaacs spent more than $420,000 during their marriage on “travel charges” that involved his girlfriend, not her.
She’s nominated for doing what we’ve known her for for so long, music. She gets recognition in the Best Original Song-Motion Picture category for the movie Mudbound. The song is “Mighty River” with music by Raphael Saadiq and lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Saadiq and, Taura Stinson. You probably recognize Saadiq for being a member of the group Tony! Toni! Tone’!
Two Mississippi families -- one black, one white -- confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming and friendship in a divided World War II era.
Mary J. Blige is also nominated for her acting chops! She gets a nod for Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture for Mudbound as well. Mary J. plays Florence Jackson in the Netflix original based in a racially seismic time. Jackson is the matriarch of the family and of course, we know she’s the woman holding it together for everyone else.
Blige isn’t the only singer nominated for a Golden Globe. Mariah Carey is also up for an award in one of the same categories as the What’s The 411? artist. Carey is up for a Best Original Song-Motion Picture award for the movie, The Star. The music and lyrics for the song of the same name are by Mariah and Marc Shaiman.
The Star is an animated film about the first Christmas. The Star features voice work from Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, and Anthony Anderson just to name a few.
Have you seen either movie? If so, what did you think?