Mary J. Blige, a native of the Bronx, is renowned as the king of hip-hop soul music. Since the 1990s, Mary’s soulful-meets-raspy style has aided followers in overcoming heartbreak, gaining confidence, and developing a deeper appreciation for their loved ones. So it’s not surprising that Mary consistently receives flowers from her admirers and professional colleagues.
In addition to Mary’s ongoing success in the music industry, a select few men have had the honor of dating Auntie Mary. Mary is, after all, beautiful, courteous, and private.
Fans have nonetheless been able to piece together her love life, particularly her lengthy union with music producer Kendu Isaacs, whom she was wed for more than ten years. Not to add, Auntie has turned her suffering into money by opening up to her listeners through her music.
Which guys are honored to refer to Mary J. Blige as their lady? The chronology of Mary’s relationships is shown below.
Mary J. Blige and Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey were considered R&B’s power couple in the ’90s!
Those who have been rocking with Mary since her debut album “What’s the 411?” are likely to remember hearing about her relationship with K-Ci.
According to rumors, K-Ci, one-half of the R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo, began dating Mary in 1992, the same year her debut album was released.
In 1996, Mary and K-Ci got engaged after developing a close romantic relationship. The couple barely stayed together for a year, and K-Ci openly declared that he was not getting married.
It’s interesting to note that K-Ci and Mary appear to have experienced ups and downs, including claims of domestic abuse, with K-Ci being blamed for the violence.
Although Mary never specifically mentioned K-Ci as her abuser, her comments in a 2002 interview with The Guardian that a partner had tried to kill her led some to infer that K-Ci was abusive.
Fans thought K-Ci was guilty because he and Mary broke up after dating for 12 years and having frequent on-and-off relationships.
Mary J. Blige and K-Ci was together for 12 years?! 😮
— courtney (@_courtdotcom) September 18, 2022
Mary J. Blige also dated R&B crooner Case in the mid-’90s!
“Yeah, I met Mary through Misa [Hylton] when we were working on the album,” he told the outlet. “She had come to the studio to hang out or whatever. We just started hanging out,” he said. “She was there when I was working on my album. There were three or four songs that she wrote, or that we wrote together.”
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Case continued, “You know how that goes. You’re doing music, it just turns into ‘Hey…’ I don’t think she planned [it] but I was scheming all along. Then we had an affair [laughs].”
Fans assume the couple began dating about that time because Mary co-wrote four songs, contributed background vocals, and was featured on Case’s 1996 self-titled first album.
If you’ve been following along, you know that’s when Mary and K-Ci called off their engagement.
Unfortunately, Case blames his “sloppy” behavior for the breakdown of their relationship. Mary discovered that he was still having affairs with other women, which led to the breakup of their partnership.
Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs married in 2003 but had a very rocky divorce!
The Power actress began meeting music producer Kendu Isaacs shortly after rumors of Mary and her K-relationship Ci’s began to fade.
They began dating in 2003, and in December of the same year, they married. Mary has acknowledged that Kendu was essential in assisting her in overcoming her alcohol and drug abuse.
Mary added that Kendu had practically saved her life.
Throughout their partnership, the couple routinely went on red carpets together, but things changed as rumors of a divorce started to circulate in 2016. Sadly, the talks were more than just rumors. Kendu and Mary divorced in 2018, following their separation in 2016.
According to TMZ, Mary filed for divorce first and gave the couple’s separation as an explanation for their “irreconcilable disagreements.”
Mary J. Blige gets candid about the aftermath of her very public divorce, claiming she couldn’t afford housing after a judge granted alimony to her ex-husband and former manager, Kendu Issacs. Watch the FULL conversation here: https://t.co/RwfpTzVECz pic.twitter.com/bSpYSULdrX
— The Real (@TheRealDaytime) February 17, 2022
Interestingly, after Mary and Kendu split up, rumors surfaced that the music producer had cheated on Mary with a close friend.
The divorce settlement was equally messy, as you might expect. Although a judge ordered Mary to pay Kendu $30,000 per month as temporary spousal support in 2017, the couple was able to come to a confidential agreement.
In 2021, Mary J. Blige was linked to rapper Conway the Machine!
In June 2021, when rapper Conway the Machine shared his appreciation for the Queen on Instagram Stories, rumors spread that Mary was dating Conway the Machine.
According to Bossip, Conway shared a photo of Mary J. Blige being inducted into the Apollo Walk of Fame along with the hashtag #mines and the emojis heart eyes, bee, and robot face.
Naturally, most people would assume that the “Piano Love” singer was in love. Mary didn’t confirm or deny the relationship, though.
What is this I hear about Conway The Machine and Mary J Blige messing around 😳😳
— Bandemic 💰 (@TooMuchMoney27) June 5, 2021
In addition, Conway kept the momentum by presenting Mary with a chain with diamonds he had worn to DMX’s record release party in April 2021.
Therefore, either Conway was a gentleman to Mary or secretly dating. I doubt we’ll ever find out.