August 17, 2019

Mary J. Blige Faces More Financial Drama, Owes More Than $1M in Back Taxes: Report

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Mary J. Blige is in deep trouble with the IRS once again. The singer allegedly has failed to pay taxes from her 2016-2017 earnings, and she owes more than $1million to the federal government.

According to Bossip, the Internal Revenue Service filed a tax lien against Mary J. Blige last month, accusing her of failing to pay taxes on income from 2016 and 2017.

Mary J. Blige attends the 2019 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 23, 2019. | Photo: GettyImages


The “No More Drama” allegedly owes $1,198,161 in back taxes and has no responded to the lien as of Monday, according to the site.

It’s not the first time that Blige has been involved in financial woes over the past years.


In 2013, the singer and her then-husband and manager, Kendu Isaacs, were hit with a $3.4 million tax lien. Documents showed they owed back taxes from their earnings from 2009 to 2011. That same year, Blige and Isaacs were sued for defaulting a $2.2 million loan from Signature Bank and a $500,000 loan from Bank of America.


Mary J. Blige attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018. | Photo: GettyImages

Last year, Apex Bank filed a lawsuit against Blige and Isaacs and started foreclosure on their properties in Cresskill and Saddle River, New Jersey, accusing the exes of failing to pay the mortgage on the homes.


However, the bank dropped the case in May of this year, as reported by Bossip.


Blige filed for divorce from Isaacs in 2016, and after a bitter battle in court, she was ordered to pay Isaacs $30,000 in spousal support, and the divorce was finalized in early 2018.

Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs attend the 24th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party on February 28, 2016. | Photo: GettyImages


Talking to Vulture about her finance problems, Blige revealed that she never wanted to take charge of the financial side of her business—something that Isaacs used to do—but admitted that after all the problems that ensued, it was good to learn about her money.

“I’m just being straight-up honest,” she said. “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. 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?”


Last year, Blige was nominated to an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in “Mudbound,” a movie she filmed while in the middle of her divorce.


Mary J. Blige attends the screening of Netflix's "Mudbound" at the Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2017 Presented By Audi at on November 9, 2017. | Photo: GettyImages

“I thought someone loved me, right? It turns out, he was a con artist, and he didn’t, and now he’s coming after me for all my money,” Blige told Variety of Isaacs. “When you come out of something like that, you realize you were never the one. 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.”


Blige has now managed to overcome her emotional scars, as she recently told People that she’s focusing on herself while she takes note of the line of men waiting to date her.

Mary J. Blige seen in the audience at the 2019 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 23, 2019. | Photo: GettyImages

Hopefully, she will be able to take care of her tax issues as well.