Ne-Yo has finally confirmed that he and his wife, Crystal Smith, are no longer together and will be getting a divorce.
The 40-year-old R&B singer confirmed on an episode of the Private Talk With Alexis Texas podcast, released on Saturday, that he and his wife have split and plan to end their almost four-year marriage. The two had recently been the subject of breakup rumors.
“It’s slowly but surely becoming public knowledge that myself and my wife have decided to go ahead and get a divorce,” said Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Chimere Smith. “It’s not a sad thing, it’s more of a us realizing- long story short, I’m never gonna talk bad about her. I’m not that person. There’s nothing bad to say about her. She’s a fantastic woman. She’s the mother of my children and she’s always gonna be that and I will always respect her.”
“Long story short, she’s got demons just like everybody else, just like me,” he added. “We realize that our demons don’t mesh and until both of us get a hold of our personal demons, it’s gonna be just difficult for us to stay married. With that being said, that’s that, that’s the end of that chapter, not the end of the book. Like I said, that’s the mother of my kids and I love her to death. We’re going to be family forever.”
During the sit down with Alexis Texas, the R&B icon admitted that his latest single Pinky Ring was took inspiration from his split.
But that the song is neither ‘a diss,’ nor a critique of Crystal.
‘The song is about how I chose to handle the situation, the way that I chose to lift myself up and keep moving, as we all must do.’
Ne-Yo married Crystal in February of 2016. They’d give birth to their first son Shaffer, three, a month after their nuptials.
In 2018, Ne-Yo and his 34-year-old wife welcomed their second son Roman, who is now just under the age of two.
Ne-Yo has two children, daughter Madilyn, nine, and son Mason, eight, from his previous relationship with actress Monyetta Shaw.
Since Ne-Yo’s divorce reveal on the popular podcast, Crystal has yet to come forth and comment.