Friday, November 26, 2021

Ne-Yo on Reconciling with His Wife Crystal Renay During COVID-19 Quarantine

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Ne-Yo Performs at the Chene Park Amphitheater

*Ne-Yo recently opened up to “The Talk” about reconciling with his wife Crystal Renay during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. 

“The whole quarantine thing was kind of a blessing,” he said, adding that it “allowed me the time to lock back in with” his family, PEOPLE reports. 

Ne-Yo announced in February that his marriage was “irretrievably broken.” Months later, the R&B star withdrew the petition for divorce, asking a judge to toss the case, without prejudice, which will allow him to refile it again, according to Bossip..

“It’s slowly but surely becoming public knowledge that myself and my wife have decided to go ahead and get a divorce,” he said at the time on the “Private Talk With Alexis Texas” podcast.

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Ne-Yo and Crystal Smith

“It’s not a sad thing, it’s more of us realizing that — 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.”

Ne-Yo and Renay share sons Roman Alexander-Raj, 2, and 4-year-old Shaffer Chimere Jr. He also has son Mason Evan, 8½, and daughter Madilyn Grace, 9½, from a previous relationship.

“Before the quarantine happened, we were definitely talking divorce,” he shared with the ladies of “The Talk.”

“The quarantine forced us to sit still, block out the noise from the world — you know the world can get very, very loud, and we tend to let the world’s opinion mean more in certain situations than it should.”

He went on to say… “I don’t know when it happened, but we got to a place where we felt like we couldn’t just say it, you know,” he explained. “You’re feeling something — something’s going on, and you know something’s going on, but for whatever reason, you can’t just come out and say it.”

Ne-Yo added, “We got to that place and that almost broke us.” But now, he confessed, “We’re actually stronger now than we were before,” he said.

“Now we feel like we can really talk to each other.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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