Mary J Blige is having one of those days that she sings about in her single "Roses," where she just doesn't want to be bothered. After filing for divorce from husband Martin "Kendu" Isaacs and having the news of the split spread like wildfire, the singer decided she needed her personal time and her space away from social media for a while so she deleted every photo from her Instagram account after releasing a statement.
The queen of hip hop soul often sings about love, hurt, pain and broken-heartedness but ultimately finding true happiness at the end of it all. That's what Blige fans thought she found in husband/manager Isaacs but, as reported by Essence, the "No More Drama" singer explained in a statement released through her rep that "...sometimes things don't work as we hoped they would... ."
The statement was released on Thursday July 28, confirming the TMZ reported news that Blige had indeed filed for divorce from husband Isaacs after 12 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences as the determining factor for the split.
According to the report, Blige, 45, married Isaacs back in 2003 but, prior to saying their "I dos," the two had a professional relationship with "Kendu" as her manager. TMZ recalled how Blige often spoke of the difficulties in balancing a work and intimate relationship, with Isaacs as both her manager and husband.
"He always has my back -- he's going to fight to the death for Mary J Blige," the singer revealed of Isaacs' priorities as her manager during a 2014 interview according to TMZ. "The downside is that there's no separation -- it's on all the time."
Seven years prior to that statement Blige released her eighth studio album Growing Pains where she detailed the struggles of her career and marriage through the lyrics of songs like "Roses." In a "read between the lines" approach, the lyrics of the song are seemingly an open letter to that of her husband/manager and to her fans.
"See today I'm having one of those days where I just don't want to be bothered, but it seems like you can't understand that, because it's your way or no way but check this out -- it's my way today," Blige boldly stated in the opening of "Roses." "And I'm really, really sick and tired of you stepping into little box when I just don't want to be bothered."
Listen to the album version below.
Not wanting to be bothered could be the reason why the "Just Fine" singer chose to delete every single posts on her @therealmaryjblige Instagram account. Essence also pointed out how the Bronx native has refrained from posting or sharing any current updates on any of her other social media platforms since the news of her divorce.
Though Mary's released statement indicates how she truly "thanks and appreciates her fans for their support and love through this very difficult emotional time," if you are looking for a more in depth explanation on their love and what went wrong, simply review what she stated in 2007's "Roses."
"Everybody asks me how good it is. It's great, love is great. But when you just a mess yourself, it ain't gonna be all roses. Cause you just want your time, you want to be selfish, you don't want nobody messing with you -- you just want to rip somebody's head off when they try to step to you with some 'oh you need some help, you need to figure out,' YOU FIGURE OUT! YOU GO FIGURE IT OUT."
Watch the live performance below.