Ne-Yo's wife Crystal Renay files for divorce, claims rapper fathered a child with another woman
Crystal Renay Smith, 35, is officially calling it quits on her six-year marriage with R&B rapper Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Chimere Smith. This comes days after she publicly accused Ne-Yo of cheating, claiming the marriage is "irretrievably broken with no hope for reconciliation." Renay has also alleged the singer, 42, “recently fathered a minor” with his “paramour."
Crystal Renay allegedly filed for divorce in the city of Georgia, Atlanta on Monday, August 1, 2022, after renewing her vows with Ne-Yo in April 2022. She listed her official date of separation as July 22 and has been taking care of their three children ever since, Shaffer Chimere Jr, 6, Roman Alexander-Raj Smith, 4, and Isabella Rose, 1. Crystal has maintained that she cares for the children alone, appealing for primary physical custody and joint legal custody as well as child support and alimony. Ne-Yo has two more children, Madilyn Grace, 11, and Mason Evan, 9, with ex Monyetta Shaw.
Crystal and the Grammy winner first tied the knot in February 2016. She initially filed for divorce in 2020, citing Ne-Yo's infidelity. Ne-Yo filed for divorce later, also claiming the union was "irretrievably broken." He then withdrew the request, crediting COVID lockdown for helping bring them back together. They welcomed their third child in 2021, and then renewed their vows in an elaborate ceremony in April 2022. On July 30, Renay accused Ne-Yo of cheating in a lengthy Instagram post, referring to their time together as “eight years of lies and deception.”
Renay wrote on her Instagram post. "Eight years of unknowingly sharing my life and husband with numerous women who sell their bodies to him unprotected. To say I’m heartbroken and disgusted is an understatement. To ask me to stay and accept it is absolutely insane." She said aside from their children, their time together was nothing but “wasted years and heartache." The “heartbroken and disgusted” actress went on, “To ask me to stay and accept it is absolutely insane. The mentality of a narcissist. I will no longer lie to the public or pretend that this is something it isn’t.”
"I ask that you all please stop sending me videos or information of him cheating because what he does is no longer my concern. I am not a victim. I’m choosing to stand tall with my head held high. If someone can’t love you the way you deserve, then it’s up to you to love yourself,” Crystal added. “With no hate in my heart, I wish him nothing but the best."
Ne-Yo responded on Twitter, saying, "For the sake of our children, my family and I will work through our challenges behind closed doors," while asking fans for privacy. The singer has not yet publicly commented about allegedly fathering another child.
"For the sake of our children, my family and I will work through our challenges behind closed doors. Personal matters are not meant to be addressed and dissected in public forums. I simply ask that you please respect me and my family’s privacy at this time.”— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) July 31, 2022