Mary J. Blige Says Her Oscar-Nominated Role for ‘Mudbound’ Actually Cost Her Money


Mary J. Blige just revealed that her estranged husband is crazy if he thinks she’s got a ton of dough for appearing in a Hollywood movie and getting an Academy Award nomination, because she ended up spending way more than she earned.

According to documents filed by Blige ahead of her upcoming divorce trial, she is arguing against paying Kendu Isaacs any spousal support and blames him for her financial downfall.

The singer reveals that her Oscar-nominated role for Best Supporting Actress and Song in “Mudbound” left her with expenses that far outweighed monetary compensation for the film. She says that it’s been necessary to seek out new projects to earn income, however, the roles in TV and film have not been lucrative and are instead intended to support her brand and image.

She says¬†that her main source of income is derived from touring, but claims as a “legacy artist, there is no market for her to embark on a major world tour every year.”

As for her old music, Blige says she doesn’t own her music catalog, and in fact, she owes $25 million in advances she’s taken.

The “Mighty River” singer also argues that paying any support to Isaacs would be grossly unfair due to all the $12 million in debt they accrued as a couple that she’s still paying off.¬† She says Isaacs has been unwilling to make efforts to get a job, and only sees her as his “bank.”

The two are scheduled to face off in court next month.