ABC/Rick RowellNow that Mary J. Blige is divorced from Kendu Isaacs, she regrets publicly thanking her ex-husband for helping her end her drug addiction.
“He did not deserve that credit,” the Queen of Hip Hop Soul tells Self Magazine. “I wanted a savior,” she explains. “I’d been hurting so long, and so much, and so bad.”
The nine-time Grammy winner says it was her own inner strength that allowed her to kick her drug habit.
“I’ve seen visions of what I would look like if I kept doing drugs,” she says. “If I saw myself almost dying, or if I almost died, or almost O.D.’d, why would I do that again?”
Blige married Isaacs in 2003 and filed for divorce in 2016. The divorce was finalized in June 2018. Mary claimed that during their marriage, Isaacs spent more than $420,000 on “travel charges” involving a woman he was having an affair with.
Looking back at their relationship, she says, “I had to forgive myself for being so stupid.” Despite all the pain, she adds, “I had to forgive him for everything he did.”
The singer from New York City, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Mudbound, is now working on the other side of the camera, producing a drama set in the 1980s for USA Networks. Titled Philly Reign, the project is inspired by real-life drug queen Thelma Wright and based on her memoir With Eyes from Both Sides: Living My Life In and Out of the Game.
Blige will also portray the lead in Power Book II: Ghost, the upcoming spinoff of Starz’s hit series, Power.
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