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Mary J. Blige files for divorce

Published 28/07/2016

Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs
Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs

The superstar wants to block spousal support for her estranged husband.

Soul star Mary J. Blige is ending her 12-year marriage to her manager/husband Kendu Isaacs.

The No More Drama hitmaker, who wed Isaacs in 2003, has filed divorce papers, citing irreconcilable differences for the split.

According to, the singer listed the date of separation on the court documents as "to be determined", although it's not clear why. Rumours of a pending divorce have been swirling around the couple for months.

Blige is also seeking to block any potential request for spousal support from Isaacs, who has three kids from a previous relationship.

Her representatives have yet to comment on the pair's break-up, which comes six and a half years after Blige and her husband were involved in a reported bust-up at a New York City nightclub in December, 2009.

At the time, her spokesperson moved quickly to dismiss talk of marriage trouble, telling the New York Daily News, "They're as happy as can be. They're spending the holidays together with their three children. Everything's great."

Similar split rumours surfaced again in 2010, but they were also shot down by Blige's rep, and in 2014, the singer revealed one of the things that has kept their marriage on track is a rule about friends.

"All females for me, all guys for him," she explained to Access Hollywood. "There's none of that, 'Oh, that's my female friend', or, 'Oh, that's my guy friend...' No, not in a marriage. I've never seen that work."

The marriage was 45-year-old Blige's first, although she was briefly engaged to Jodeci star K-Ci Hailey in the mid-1990s.

The singer and Isaacs have no kids together.

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