Ne-Yo attends the 87th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center on December 04, 2019 in New York City. Steven Ferdman/Getty Images/AFP
R&B singer Ne-Yo is set to divorce his wife, Crystal Smith, after four years of marriage and two sons.
The artist revealed this on an episode of the Private Talk With Alexis Texas podcast, released on Saturday.
“It’s slowly but surely becoming public knowledge that myself and my wife have decided to go ahead and get a divorce,” Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Chimere Smith, said.
“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.”
Smith has not commented about the breakup.
She and Ne-Yo married in late February 2016 and welcomed their first child, son Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr., a month later. Their second son, Roman Alexander-Raj Smith, was born in 2018.
Ne-Yo also has a son and daughter from a previous relationship.
Ne-Yo also said on the podcast that his and Crystal’s breakup inspired his upcoming new single, “Pinky Ring.”
“The song is not a diss to her, the song is not about her,” he said. “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.”