Ne-Yo has broken his silence to confirm that he is getting a divorce from his wife Crystal Smith. The couple were rumoured to have split earlier this month and now the Sexy Love singer has confirmed they are no longer together after almost five years of marriage.
Opening up about the sad news on the Private Talk With Alexis Texas podcast, Ne-Yo said: ‘It’s slowly but surely becoming public knowledge that myself and my wife have decided to go ahead and get a divorce.’
However, it seems the estranged couple are on amicable terms for the sake of their two children – Shaffer Chimere Smith Jr, three, and one-year-old Roman Alexander-Raj. Ne-Yo is also father to daughter Madilyn, nine, and son Mason, eight, from previous relationships. ‘It’s not a sad thing, it’s more of a us realising… long story short, I’m never gonna talk bad about her,’ the R&B singer explained. ‘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.’
Sharing an insight into their strained marriage, Ne-Yo stated: ‘Long story short, she’s got demons just like everybody else, just like me. ‘We realise 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.’ Crystal is yet to comment on the split.