Mary J’s IRS Debts Incurred During Her Marriage. Should Her Ex Pay Too?


By Victor Trammell and Nomalanga Mhauli-Moses

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Here at, we’ve covered quite a few stories about singer/songwriter Mary J. Blige (pictured).

In 2017, news started to break about the financial woes  Blige, 48, was experiencing during her previous marriage. Blige’s divorce with Kendu Issacs (her former business manager) was finalized in March 2018. Though her divorce was settled in a civil manner, many believe that the terms of her divorce were far from fair.

However, more recent reports have surfaced about a tax debt to the IRS Blige allegedly incurred during a time she was still married to Issacs. According to, the Grammy Award-winning singer reportedly owes Uncle Sam a seven-figure tax bill.

This is a particularly worrisome issue because other celebrities (such as actor Wesley Snipes) have had to serve prison time over unresolved tax issues with the IRS.

For the years 2016 and 2017, the “All That I Can Say” hit maker reportedly failed to file income taxes on her earnings, according a number of recently published news articles. Finally in July 2019, the U.S. government filed a tax lien against Blige to the tune of nearly $1.2 million dollars.

Blige has been very vocal about the lack of judicial fairness that she’s experienced during her divorce and after.

“I’m just being straight-up honest. I never wanted to do all this stuff, but after what I’ve been through and all the mess that I’m in. You have to pay those taxes,” Blige told Vulture Magazine in 2018.

“It’s good to see what you have and what you don’t have — and why are we paying this person $5,000 a week?” she continued.

Blige also spoke to Variety Magazine about her issues as she was promoting her movie Mudbound at the time.

“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,” she said.

“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,” she added.

Blige has yet to address these latest financially-related allegations, which have come from the U.S. government. Here is a question for the legal experts out there. Since Blige’s debts were incurred over the course of her former marriage to Issacs, should he too be held liable as a previous spouse?


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