If anyone knows about matters of the heart, it’s Mary J. Blige. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul sings about love and loss like no other, touching millions of fans with her raw and honest lyrics. But in 2000, while Blige was experiencing a career high with the “Share My World” tour, the r&b songbird was missing that special someone to share her success with. As fate would have it, a collaboration with Queen Latifah would introduce Blige to her future soulmate.
Kendu Isaacs, a music producer, flew out to Detroit with Latifah to meet with Blige. There was an instant attraction between the two, but Blige held back, thinking Latifah and Kendu were a couple. But Latifah eventually coaxed Blige to take the plunge and reach out to Isaacs. In a 2010 Essence interview, Isaacs recalled their very first telephone conversation: ” ” ‘Can I speak to Kendu?’ You hear that voice, that tone she has. And I’m thinking, Oh, sit down. She’s asking, ‘Did you say you wanted to call me?’ “
Of their first date Blige said: “”There was something so fatherly and confident about him,” she says. “I think I fell in love with him then but got scared because he was the type of man I’d never seen before. He had this, ‘I can take care of you, I can make you feel safe’ thing. And I needed that.”
Blige and Isaacs married in a small, intimate ceremony in December 2003.