By Ryan Velez
Mary J. Blige and her husband, Kendu Issacs, are on the outs—but Bossip reports that the couple may soon have more trouble to come, with their financial issues still keeping them tied even though they may be emotionally apart. The issue at hand? The couple owes nearly $2 million in taxes, not the first time that Mary J. Blige has had financial issues.
The IRS recently hit the couple with a federal tax lien for $1.7 million in back taxes. Public records show that Blige and Issacs owe a grand total of $1,764,724. Financial issues may be one thing, but when it comes to the IRS, this is one entity you do not want to get in trouble with. To pay the bill, Blige and Issacs could face seizure of their homes, cash, or other assets. At the moment, Mary J. Blige is in the midst of a national tour to try and bring in money. However, she was in need of some quick cash even before news of this tax issue came to light. A judge recently ordered her to pay Kendu roughly $30,000 a month in temporary support to help him get back on his feet in the midst of this bitter divorce.
Money has cast a dark cloud over this relationship for quite some time now. Mary and Kendu were married for 12 years before splitting earlier this year. Kendu also served as her manager, and Blige claims that he not only cheated on her, but misappropriated more than $400,000 of her money on dubious “business expenses.” At one point, she shared the emotional toll this took on her in Variety.
“I’m doing OK,” she says with a sigh. “I’m living. I’m not happy about a lot of things. I thought someone loved me, right? Turns out, he was a con artist and he didn’t, and now he’s coming after me for all my money. When you come out of something like that, you realize you were never the one. There was someone else that was his queen. I got played. I got suckered. I have to keep smiling and keep my spirits up because this is designed to kill me.”
Earlier this year, Blige managed to solve another tax issue for the couple basically by herself, clearing a tax debt to the state of New Jersey for $166,292 as well as $30,915 to the state in 2013, according to public records. And in 2007, records show that Blige coughed up $1.9 million to settle another IRS tax debt. Hopefully, this tour works out for her in regards to clearing this hump, but it seems like the singer is going to have to reevaluate how she handles her finances, as at this point, it looks like her continued tax issues are no accident.