The Queen of Hip Hop Soul has taken a king.
Mary J. Blige and new hubby Kendu Isaacs married in a hush-hush ceremony on Sunday, December 7.
The wedding took place before just 50 guests–none of them A-listers–at Blige’s home in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Despite Blige’s insistence that she wanted to keep her nuptials on the down-low, she initially announced her bridal plans in November during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Word had it that the couple were to tie the knot the day after Thanksgiving–but no-one knew if the diva had actually done the deed till her camp began issuing confirmations this week.
Blige blurted out the big news herself during an appearance on The Tonight Show, telling Jay Leno, “I’m so happy, he’s a good man and he loves me.”
Blige credits Isaacs, a record producer, for helping her kick cocaine and alcohol addictions.
In a 2002 interview with Ebony, Blige called Isaacs her “soul mate,” and discussed their strong religious bond.
“He completes me in the areas that I’m weak in. He’s an analytical brain. I’m a creative brain. We pray together. We read the Bible together,” Blige said. “I’ve never seen a man who loves the Lord like he does. He loves his family. He’s a good person. He makes me laugh.”
The nuptials feast was whipped up by Blige’s sister and mother, and included oxtail, barbecued chicken, crab red rice and salad, according to a People magazine report. The cake came from a favorite Yonkers, New York bakery.
The twosome are forgoing a honeymoon for now while Blige prepares to go on tour for her latest CD, Love & Life.
E!Online – Sarah Hall