Her Past Marriage to Kendu Isaacs & More – Hollywood Life

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Mary J. Blige has an extensive career as a musician and performer, known for her diverse talents and abilities in the industry. Likewise, she has had an extensive romantic history, often linked with other well-known people in the industry.

Below, we list everyone the “Family Affair” singer has been in a relationship with, from her most recent husband to her past musician friends.

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Mary J. Blige, Kendu Isaacs
Mary J. Blige & Kendu Isaacs (Picture Perfect/Shutterstock).

Mary’s most serious relationship was with producer remove Isaacs, to whom she was married for 13 years. The couple broke up in 2016 and finalized their divorce in 2018, much to the shock of many. After their divorce, rumors circulated that Kendu had cheated on Mary, the woman in question is said to be Mary’s protégé she mentored.

Other details emerged, when Mary accused her ex of verbal abuse towards the end of their marriage and disagreed with the way she styled her hair and that she stopped cooking.

The time between their separation and divorce is said to have been extended due to Kendu’s irrational financial demands. It was said that Mary was ordered to pay Kendu $30,000 a month as a temporary marriage contract. In 2017, it was reported that Isaacs requested that the amount be increased to $65,000 a month, claiming he was out of a job and struggling.

After their final divorce, Mary called her ex a “swindler” and said, “I was played with. I got stuffy. I have to keep smiling and keep my spirits up because this is meant to kill me.”

Cedric “K-Ci’ Hailey”

Cedric 'K-Ci" Hailey
Cedrci “K-Ci” Hailey (Picture Perfect/Shutterstock).

Mary’s second most serious relationship was with the rapper Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey† The couple were linked for 12 years and the relationship is said to be extremely tumultuous. The two are said to have met while working on her first full-length album What is the 411? and then quickly became a power couple in the industry.

However, Mary later revealed that her relationship with Cedric was becoming abusive and toxic. Speak with the guard in 2002, Mary said she had a boyfriend who “tried to kill” her once. While she didn’t specifically name K-Ci, fans assumed the reference was about him.


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Mary J. Blige & Nas perform together (imageSPACE/Shutterstock).

Marry her fellow New Yorker, the popular rapper nas, first collaborated on the 1997 single “Love is All We Need” and have been close since then. Notably, they led a tour together in 2019 called ‘Royalty’ and turned out to have come very close.

Despite rumors, they have never confirmed that they dated each other although they are still close friends.

In an interview with The New York Post Mary once spoke of their connection, saying, “I mean, we’re family now… That’s the way it is now.”


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Mary was linked to another popular musician in the 90s: Case† The “Missing You” singer and Mary were serious enough in their relationship that they moved in together, after Mary was spotted in his “Touch Me, Tease Me” music video.

The singer later admitted to cheating, which led to the eventual demise of their relationship. “The way things ended with Mary, they really just ended,” he once explained. “I was on tour and Mary’s niece was my hype man… just remember that if I wait for him to leave… he won’t see that I brought three girls into my room. I was sloppy.”

Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur (Bei/Shutterstock).

After leaving her toxic relationship with Cedric, Mary was rumored to have a close relationship with Tupac, another great rapper of the ’90s. According to Tupac’s bodyguard, he often intervened in some very heated discussions between Mary and Cedric.

When I spoke to Cam Capone News about the situation, Tupac’s security guard said, Reggie Wright Jr.said, “They got into a fight. Somehow she called Pac. Because she and Pac were on the back burner,” he explained.

“We had to run to the Peninsula Hotel. She ran down the side street and immediately jumped into the car. And Pac picked her up and took her.”

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs

Mary J. Blige, Sean 'P.  Diddy' Combs
Mary J. Blige & Sean “P. Diddy” Combs (Taylor Jewell/Vogue/Shutterstock).

Mary and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs have been close friends for a long time, as the music mogul supervised the “No Drama” singer’s first two albums, What is the 411? and My life† However, the couple broke up and teamed up in 1994 because of what Mary called her “reckless lifestyle.”

They joined forces in 2001 after recording a remix version of Mary’s “No More Drama”. Given their super close relationship, many have wondered or speculated that they would ever be something more between them. Nothing was confirmed in that regard, but the two remain close to this day.

Conway the Machine

Conway the Machine
Conway the Machine (Jordan Strauss/AP/Shutterstock).

Most recently, following her divorce from Kendu, Mary may have been linked to another New York rapper, Conway the Machine† Around the summer of 2021, photos and video surfaced of Mary and Conway getting cozy, leaving fans wondering about the possible relationship.

In June, BOSSIP reported that the two got very close, pointing out that one of Conway’s IG stories at the time was a photo of Mary’s induction into the Apollo Walk of Fame plus a heart eyes emoji and the hashtag “#mines.” In addition, video also circulated of the two at an industry event dancing hand in hand and Conway giving Mary a chain around his neck.

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