Sunday, April 18, 2021

Mary J. Blige Says She Lost Money on ‘Mudbound’ Role, So Kendu Can Forget Spousal Support

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'Mudbound' Director Dee Rees (L) and Mary J. Blige
‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees (L) and Mary J. Blige

*Mary J. Blige says her Oscar-nominated role in “Mudbound” actually cost her more money than she made on the film, despite claims made in her estranged husband’s ongoing bid for more spousal support.

As previously reported, the singer was ordered to pay her ex Martin “Kendu” Isaacs $30,000 a month in temporary spousal support, but Isaacs has been trying to get the figure bumped up to $65,000 since October, claiming he’s nearly “destitute” after failing to find work since their separation. (Blige filed to end their 12-year marriage in July, 2016.)

Kendu also accused Blige of profiting from their marital strife by channeling her emotions into songs on her album “Strength of a Woman.”

The judge overseeing the former couple’s case denied his bid for more cash last fall, but Kendu has since filed new papers claiming Blige is making more money due to her recent Hollywood success.

Blige filed new court papers as well, insisting it’s not true. According to, she says her expenses from working on the Netflix film “Mudbound,” for which she also wrote and performed the Oscar nominated song “Mighty River,” far outweighed the amount she was paid for the gig.

Blige, who wants to avoid paying Isaacs one penny for spousal support, explains that she had to seek out other opportunities to maintain a steady income, because her film and TV projects are not lucrative and are mainly designed to support her brand and image.

She also explains she is limited in how much she can earn from touring, which has been the main source of her income in the past, because as a “legacy artist, there is no market for her to embark on a major world tour every year.”

The singer also notes that she does not own her back catalog, and has to keep working to pay back the $25 million she has received in advances from her label.

In addition, she has been shouldering the burden of covering the $12 million debt she and Isaacs amassed as a couple. Blige previously offered to cover the entire debt herself in exchange for ending support payments to Isaacs, who she alleges has made little effort to get a job, and has been using her as his “bank.”

Blige is due to face her ex in court next month.



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