In a story first reported by People magazine, R&B superstar Mary J. Blige got married in a way that is grossly different from many entertainment industry stars. While many of her wealthy, famous cohorts plan flashy weddings, Blige took an incredibly subdued route.
Mary J. Blige married music producer and manager Kendu Isaacs on December 7, 2003 at a small, quiet ceremony at Blige's Bergen County, N.J., home.
Just 50 guests were in attendance, none of whom are celebrities. A friend played the traditional "Here Comes the Bride" bridal chorus on the piano as Blige walked down the aisle. The couple's pastor, Dr. Frederick K.C. Price, officiated the ceremony.
Even though it was a small wedding, Blige was reportedly very nervous, and had difficulty breathing while walking down the aisle and didn't exhale until Isaacs took her hand.
Blige's mother, Cora, and sister LaTonya prepared the menu themselves: oxtail, barbecued chicken, crab, red rice and salad. The cake was prepared by Blige's favorite bakery in Yonkers, N.Y.
The couple started dating in 2000, and Blige credits Isaacs with helping her overcome her drug and alcohol addictions.
About the Couple:
Mary J. Blige is known as the Queen of Soul Hip-Hop and is recognized as the most successful female R&B artists to emerge over the past 25 years. Since making her debut in 1992, the multiplatinum-selling entertainer has forged one of the most successful careers in the music industry: she's sold more than 50 million records worldwide and has been nominated for 30 Grammy Awards, having won nine.
Very little is known of Martin Kendu Isaacs, known professionally as Kendu Isaacs, other than the fact that he is a record industry executive.
Blige became the stepmother to Isaacs' three children from a previous relationship: Briana, 19, Jordan, 17 and Nas, 16. Although Blige has never had any children of her own, she's admitted that she has a special relationship with Isaacs' children and considers them as her own.
In a 2013 interview on "The Queen Latifah Show," Blige said she credits her husband for helping her turn her life around by loving her despite her flaws. She also admitted that even after they were married, she didn't believe it was real. Blige and Isaacs are still married.
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