Mary J. Blige may be nominated for two Academy Awards for Mudbound, but according to divorce documents, she actually took a financial loss making the film.
Blige is currently embroiled in a messy divorce with her former manager, Kendu Isaacs, and court documents obtained by The Blast detail her financial status, as the two try to work the terms the divorce settlement.
“The film Mudbound, for example, has produced no net income for Petitioner, but has garnered her critical acclaim and award nominations,” reads an excerpt from court docs. “Pursuant to the Mudbound contract, the expenses Petitioner was required to pay in connection with filming Mudbound were greater than her salary.”
Blige also says she doesn't own music catalog and that she owes $25 million in advances. Most her money comes from touring, but she says she can't “embark on a major world tour every year” because there is no market for her to do so as a “legacy artist.”
Additionally, she says she's $12 million in debt and is working to pay that f while Isaacs basically does nothing and looks at her as if she's a bank. Back in October 2017, Isaacs filed court docs asking for more spousal support from Blige, which was denied. At the time, he was already receiving $30,000 per month from the singer.
As for Mary, she's slated to perform at the Academy Awards on March 4, where she's the first person to be nominated for both a performance and original song in the same year.