Mary J. Blige sat down for an interview with iHeart Radio shortly after performing at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, and opened up about her personal life, including the challenges she endured after her divorce. Blige revealed the financial difficulties she endured after divorcing Martin “Kendu” Isaacs inspired her latest song “Rent Money,” which appears on her new album Good Morning Gorgeous.
“I didn’t have no money to pay my rent and all this other stuff,” she told iHeart Radio. “So, I had to go, you know, I had to go on tour, and make all the money back to pay the alimony.”
After her divorce, the 51-year-old said she didn’t have enough money to pay her rent. She depicted the emotional toll she experienced during the trying time in her new song.
“I didn’t have my soul. I was just drained of everything,” the singer said. “So it was time for somebody to pay; sometimes you just feel like somebody gotta pay.”
According to Atlanta Black Star, Blige was forced to pay $30,000 in alimony to her ex-husband in 2017 after Isaacs’ lawyers claimed he “has undergone physical manifestations of stress and emotional distress from this matter, which has caused him to stay hospitalized.”
The lawyers also claimed that their client would become “destitute,” implying that she would be unable to pay her rent without Blige’s help.
When she wrote “Rent Money,” the “Family Affair” singer admitted that she was enraged.
“I was like, rent money due — period!” the artist said.
Blige and Isaacs, who married in 2003, separated in 2016 and divorced in 2018, according to Popculture.
On Friday, the “Mary Jane” singer launched her new album, Good Morning Gorgeous. Blige performed alongside Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar during the Super Bowl halftime concert in Los Angeles on Sunday.