R&B Diva Disgusted With Former Spouse
Mary J Blige laid into her estranged husband Kendu Isaacs for allegedly cheating on her and then using the courts to force her to pay him off in their ugly divorce.
Blige, 46, was in rare form Friday at the Cincinnati Music Festival, where she said she was disgusted with both her soon to be ex and the justice system after a judge ruled that she that she had to pay Kendu $30,000 in alimony following her accusation that he misappropriated more than $400,000 on his mistress.
“I’ve got something to say about it, because this is so not right, Imma talk about it tonight,” Blige said.
“Now you wanna miss your water, cause your well has run dry,” Blige sang. “I don’t like the fact that you’re trying to make me miserable, but it’s your time to cry. I don’t like the fact that a man gets to cheat, to lie, and I’ve got to pay you for it! I’ve got to pay you for it! That ain’t fair! That ain’t fair!”
An emotional Blige also took thinly veiled swipes at Kendu’s alleged behavior by offering “relationship tips” to the audience during her hour long set.
“Fellas, you can only have one queen – not two queens – one!” Blige, who looked sensational in daisy dukes and over the knee boots, told the more than 40,000 strong crowd. “And I know there’s a lot of women in here that are independent, they’ve got their own cars, have their own money, but at the end of the day, that don’t mean we don’t want you to take care of us as well….but what we don’t want you to do, is when we show you that we are independent, is get jealous and bad, because we are independent. Stay secure king!”
The veteran singer, who shared a line up with SWV, Kem and Bell Biv Devoe, took a somber note in her performance, singing stirring renditions of her hit songs about heartbreak like, “Not Gon’ Cry,” “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” and “I’m Going Down.”
The diva’s advice made many in the crowd wonder if she wanted her fans not to make the same mistakes she’d made in her own marriage.
“I know this is a bit heavy, but we just can’t be hitting each other,” Blige continued. “We can’t be abusing each other. That’s out of the question. For me, as you can all see, I’m a little crazy. But I’m not selfish in my relationships, and what I wouldn’t appreciate is a man coming home, telling me that I need to dress like Trina on the job, that I should wear my hair like Cynthia on the job. You’re looking? Ok, so that means we’ve got a problem. Don’t you ever come home, comparing me to no other female, because there’s only one Mary J Blige out here, and it’s too bad you couldn’t see it!”