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Mary J. Blige Joins Illustrious Group of Golden Globes Double Music-Acting Nominees

Perhaps the most surprising double-nomination for this year’s Golden Globes: the twin nods given to Mary J. Blige for best supporting actress and best song — for the film “Mudbound” and its song “Mighty River.” With those, Blige becomes the first performer to be simultaneously nominated in song and acting since John C. Reilly got dual nods for “Walk Hard” 10 years ago. Barbra Streisand, Bjork, Beyonce and Dolly Parton are the other female singer/actors who have scored nominations in both categories in the past, while Reilly and Neil Diamond are the male dual nominees. Only Streisand has won both (for the 1976 film “A Star Is Born”).

Few other surprises popped up in the Globes’ music categories. Other best song contenders include “Remember Me” from “Coco” and “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” both of which are frequently cited as among the frontrunners in the Oscars’ best song contest.

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Mary J. Blige To Have A

‘Divorce Settlement Talk’ 

With Kendu Issacs

Mary J. Blige’s soon-to-be ex-husband Kendu Issacs claims he has been unemployed since their divorce case was filed, and he blames it on Blige trashing him in the press and in her music.

After airing out her former manager for cheating on the latest album, Strength of a Woman, Issacs says no one wants to deal with him professionally.

According to Bossip, before the former couple engages in a bitter court battle, Blige and Issacs are attempting to hash out a settlement during a “mandatory conference.” If they cannot reach a solution regarding the division of property, shared funds, etc, their divorce case will head to trial in March 2018.

“Blige filed for divorce in 2016 from her husband of 15 years, accusing him of misappropriating more than $400,000 of her money on his mistress. A judge has ordered her to pay Isaacs $30,000 a month in temporary spousal support.”

According to documents obtained by TheBlast, Issacs accuses his ex of profiting from their divorce drama through to two released songs, “Love Yourself” and “Set Me Free,” which are now known as “divorce songs.”

“Isaacs says he has been unemployed since the divorce case was filed and claims Blige is trashing him in the press, hindering his ability to get a job,” claims a source.

The father of three is now demanding a judge increase his spousal support from $30K to $65,000.

DMX Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Facing 5 Years in Prison

Photo Credit: John Lamparski/Getty Images

DMX pled guilty to tax fraud yesterday, helping him dodge a $1.7 million tax lien and a possible 43-year prison sentence. 

According to The New York Times, while Judge Jed Rakoff has set a sentencing hearing for the man properly known as Earl Simmons for March 29 of next year, it will likely be postponed as the rapper works to complete rehab for drug and alcohol abuse.

U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said the Ruff Ryder was “systemically cheating on his taxes,” and “no matter who you are or whatever fame you may have achieved, the law applies equally to all, and no one is exempt from the shared obligation to pay our taxes.” 

Reports claim DMX “deposited hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalty income from music recordings into the bank accounts of his managers, who gave him cash.”

Between 2011 and 2012, the New York-bred MC filed an affidavit with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, stating his income as “unknown,” and only $10,000 for 2013 – all information that was false.

DMX now faces up to five years in prison. 

Jennifer Hudson 

Loses Primary Custody  of Son to David Otunga

And the saga continues - because Jennifer Hudson’s ongoing custody battle just took a major turn.

The Grammy-winning singer returned to court yesterday only to find out she would be losing primary custody of her eight-year-old son, David Otunga Jr., to her estranged fiancé, reality star David Otunga. 

Hudson and Otunga reportedly reached a temporary custody agreement yesterday, which mandates that the former WWE star will maintain custody of the newly-separated couple’s son. The court awarded Otunga with primary custody – for now – because Hudson is currently on set in London filming The Voice UK and will be embarking on heavy travel to Los Angeles to film America’s The Voice.

According to TMZ, “David has said he’s been his son’s primary caregiver since birth because of Jennifer’s travel schedule.”

It’s also reported that Hudson “voluntarily” dropped her Order of Protection against Otunga. 

This story sounds far from over, so stay tuned. 

Wendy Williams Slams Patti LaBelle

For Outing Luther Vandross:

‘She Violated The Friendship’

Wendy Williams is not happy about Patti LaBelle’s comments as it pertains to the late singer,
Luther Vandross.

Last week, we reported that Patti opened up about Luther’s sexuality to the world on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ with Andy Cohen. She explained why Luther never came out publicly as gay.

She says, “Basically, he did not want his mother to be – although she might have known, but he wasn’t going to come out and say this to the world.”

And Yes, Wendy Williams shared her thought on Patti’s comment during her segment "Hot Topics". Wendy feels that it was never Patti’s story to tell.

“She should have said ‘no comment.’ If he had asked me something like that, then – it’s okay for me to talk about it. I didn’t know Luther Vandross.”

Watch the below:

Patti LaBelle Explains Why Luther Vandross Struggled With Coming Out “It Was Hard For Him”

Photo Credit: Steve Grayson/Getty

In a recent interview, Patti LaBelle opened up about Luther Vandross’ sexuality. Many have always speculated the singer was gay, but he was very private about his sex life. Up until his death in 2005, he never denied or confirmed his private truth.  The Godmother of Soul addressed the speculations with Andy Cohen on ‘Watch What Happens Live.’

Cohen asked,

“Did he struggle with the idea of coming out publicly? Was that something that you talked about at all?”

“Basically, he did not want his mother to be,” LaBelle said, “Although she might have known, but he wasn’t going to come out and say this to the world. “

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