Mary J. Blige dropped a new album the same week as her epic Super Bowl LVI halftime performance, and the lyrics to one of the songs offers insight into her divorce from ex-husband Kendu Isaacs.
The queen of hip-hop soul spoke about the inspiration behind the song “Rent Money” while on an iHeart Radio special this week, Atlanta Black Star reports.
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“I had to give up all this alimony, and I didn’t have money to give because he had spent it all,” she explained. “So, I had to go, you know, I had to go on tour, and make all the money back to pay the alimony.”
“I didn’t have money to pay my rent and all this other stuff. 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,” she continued.
Blige was paying up to $30,000 a month in temporary spousal support, the Grio reported back in 2018.
There were also reports that Isaacs cheated with an up-and-coming singer Blige signed to her Matriarch Entertainment record label. In court papers obtained by Page Six, Blige alleged Isaacs spent more than $420,000 on his girlfriend during the marriage.
At one point in the messy divorce, TMZ reported Blige alleged Issacs was refusing to return one of her Grammy awards and some cars.
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The chart-topping singer said in the new interview that she was upset about the whole situation and expressed that in her music.
“I was very angry then when I made that song. I was very angry. And I was like, rent money due — period!” she said.
Blige’s album “Good Morning, Gorgeous” is currently out on all streaming platforms.
Watch the music video for “Rent Money” below: