Mary J Blige in serious financial trouble

We haven’t heard from Mary J Blige for a while now and it appears that mounting financial problems may be the reason why. The singers’ money issues seem to have deteriorated to the point where an embarrassing notice was pinned to the front door of her Upper West Side apartment in New York after a ‘rent paying problem’ went a bit too far. Her building - the prestigious Ashley comes complete with basketball court, state-of-the-art gym, bowling alley and angry landlord it seems.

“It was for not paying back rent,” said a real estate source who regularly works with properties in the building. The source went on to say that the 42-year-old singer was there for a little more than a year before the note ignominiously began to grace her front door.

Blige, whose net worth was once an extremely healthy $45 million has come a serious cropper of late and plunged into a cycle of lawsuits, lawyers bills and the ongoing threat of a gilt edged breadline. Well it’s all relative at the end of the day. One woman’s money problems is another single mother’s lottery win. . In December, New Jersey filed a $901,769 lien against the singer. In November she was sued for failure to repay a $2.2 million personal loan that she and her husband Kendu Isaacs failed to pay back.

Blige has also been in and out of court to defend a series of copyright infringement lawsuits. A music industry insider estimates this could be costing her upwards of $1 million annually.

Blige’s charity, the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now Inc., is also now undergoing financial hardship. TD Bank sued for failing to pay back a $250,000 loan, and scholarships awarded to girls are reported to not have had their obligations fulfilled. The “Be Without You” singer said at the time: “The lives of young women are at stake. I don’t want them to suffer. I promised them something and I’m gonna deliver. Period.”

The R&B star has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.

Her public response to the swirl of damaging accusations has been to say

“There's really nothing you can say about the negative things that are in the media about you. All you can do is keep pushing, keep your head up and just let people be people. [Let] haters hate and just do what you do. Use all of that to fuel you to do something better.”

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