Mary J. Blige’s soon-to-be-ex-husband, Martin Isaacs, was just granted a huge financial victory.
The judge in their divorce case has ordered Blige to pay him $30,000 a month in temporary spousal support. Isaacs was seeking $129,000 a month.
According to TMZ, the singer will also have to pay retroactive support dating back to September, as well as his attorney’s fees, which comes to $235K.
The icon filed for divorce from Isaacs, who is also her former manager, last year after 12 years of marriage.
In court papers, Blige accused Isaacs of spending her money on travel and other expenses for his girlfriend and claiming it as business expenses.
Blige has showed her divorce frustration in interviews—particularly during a sit-down with Angie Martinez in March for her album Strength of a Woman, where Blige details her emotional state during and leading up to the divorce, including accusations of infidelity.
“You start to realize that this man doesn’t want you and he’s just gone all the time and you’re by yourself in the relationship,” she told Angie Martinez on Power 105.1.
“When you realize you’re by yourself and you’re just suffering through it, now it’s time to do some investigating. When I got the full proof, I didn’t have to investigate it. It just showed up,” the “No More Drama” hitmaker went on.
“You know, he has the power to make it all go away, if he just would stop demanding what he’s demanding,” said Blige.
“And that’s not fair to me because he doesn’t deserve what he’s demanding. It’s not fair. Why do I have to pay you? And why do you think you deserve this amount of money? Why do you think you deserve any money? You didn’t make me. You’re not God. So I have to pay you for being my husband and for being my manager?”
An article in Page Six, named this ‘girlfriend’ as singer Starshell, a former protege of Blige’s.
It also claimed Isaac’s had been having an affair with the 28-year-old.
Sources told Page Six that ‘everyone knew’ about the affair with Starshell, whose real name is LaNeah Menzies.
Blige signed Starshell to her own Matriarch Entertainment record label, allowed her co-write a couple of her tracks, and often brought her to red carpet events to build her profile.
In court documents, Blige accused Isaacs of taking more than $420,000 and using it for what he called “travel charges,” insisting the money was not spent on business-related activities or in activities that involved her.
Previously TMZ had reported that Blige was “outraged” over payment requests from her husband following their split, stating:
“I am not responsible for supporting [Martin’s] parents and his children from another relationship which he lists as ongoing monthly expenses.”
Court papers also show the recording artist claimed the former couple’s estate is “underwater” to the tune of $10 million and Isaacs contributes nothing to expenses and upkeep.
Blige filed for divorce in July of 2016, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
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