A divorce court judge in New Jersey has ordered R&B superstar Mary J. Blige to pay her estranged husband $30,000 a month in temporary spousal support. The couple has been separated and living apart for sometime already. Since separating, they have been trying to sell their lavish home in Saddle River, NJ dating back to 2015.
Mary J. initially filed for divorce from her husband/manager, Kendu Isaacs, in 2016 after 12 years of marriage. In her divorce filing, she cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. In an interview with ‘Good Morning America’, Mary said, “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.”
While having no biological children together, Mary was stepmother to Kendu’s three children from previous relationships. In his divorce filing, Kendu made a request to receive $129,319 a month in spousal support, but a judge deemed that amount to be unreasonable. Instead, the judge ordered Mary to pay him about a quarter of that amount per month, plus attorney’s fees.
In 2008, the couple bought an 18,250-square-foot home in Saddle River for $12.3 million. While going through their divorce, they have significantly reduced the price of the home and it’s currently for sale at $8.9 million. They also own a home in Cresskill, NY that they bought in 2001 for $2 million.