Mary J. Blige had one heck of a weekend — from her new album release “Good Morning Gorgeous” to her successful Super Bowl LVI performance.

But in a recent interview, Blige explained how the inspiration for one of her songs off the new album was all about her trials and tribulations with her divorce from her now-ex-husband, Martin “Kendu” Isaacs.

In the song, the lyrics of the chorus goes: “Look now my rent money due / I spent everything f-ckin’ with you, oh / They say you win some, you win some, you lose / All I got is rеnt money due/ F-cking with you,” according to Genius.

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According to TheGrio, she spoke with Angie Martinez on an iHeart Radio special and gave more explanation behind the inspiration for the new track, which features rapper Dave East.

“‘Rent Money’ is [about] when I first got divorced. I had to give up all this alimony, and I didn’t have no more money to give because he had spent it all. So, I had to go, you know, I had to go on tour, and make all the money back to pay the alimony,” she reportedly told Angie Martinez.

“I didn’t have no money to pay my rent and all this other stuff,” Mary J. Blige continued. “But it’s also a metaphor like, I didn’t have my soul. I was just drained of everything. So it was time for somebody to pay; sometimes you just feel like somebody gotta pay.”


While it’s unclear if Mary J. Blige had a prenup with her former husband — let’s explore the topic anyway.

LegalZoom suggests that such an agreement “can outline disposition of property if the marriage ends upon separation, death, or the occurrence of another event.”

However, things get tricky when talking support, especially spousal support. 

“Spousal support obligations vary by state. Both parties may waive the right spousal support,” LegalZoom says.

“Depending upon the state, spousal support provisions may or may not be upheld in court. An otherwise valid agreement might be set aside if provisions make a spouse eligible for welfare. A court may require spousal support to the extent necessary to take that spouse off welfare,” they continued in their explanation.

Isaacs, who initially wanted quadruple the amount of what he got (he eventually got $30,000/month from Blige), claimed that he “experienced physical manifestations of stress and emotional distress from this matter, which has caused him to become hospitalized,” Atlanta Black Star reports.

He also claimed that without Blige’s money, he was “destitute.”

Mary J. Blige's Net Worth

As AfroTech previously reported, Mary J. Blige has a net worth of $20 million.