An American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, and record producer, Ne-Yo received the spotlight after releasing the song, Let Me Love You in 2004. Ne’s album, In My Own Words, made him earn a position on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States in 2006.
His fourth album, Libra Scale became a major hit and ranked as number one in the UK R&B Singles and Albums Charts. His hit albums are Good Man, Another Kind of Christmas, and Self Explanatory.
Early Life of Ne-Yo
Ne-Yo was born Shaffer Chimere Smith on 18th October 1979, in Camden, Arkansas, USA. As of 2023, Yo is 43 years old and his horoscope is Libra. Yo cuts his birthday cake annually on the 18th of October. He was born as the son of Loraine Smith (mother) and Wiley L. Smith (father). Ne’s father and mother were both musicians.
He has a sister named Nicole Smith. Ne-Yo’s maternal grandparents are Parham and Rosie M. He holds American citizenship while he belongs to the African-American ethnic community. Ne follows the Christianity religion. He graduated from Rancho High School and studied at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts.
Ne-Yo’s Marriage With Crystal Renay
He is single and is living a low-key life. Previously, he was married to an Internet personality, Crystal Renay. In 2015, they met while filming his album, Non-Fiction at the restaurant. They dated each other right after two weeks. When they were just sharing with each other how much they love other, Crystal jokingly talked about marriage and Ne proposed to her for marriage by getting on his knees.
They married in the presence of only 18 people at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California February 20, 2016. They announced that they were getting divorced in February 2020 but eventually reconciled during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Crystal filed for divorce stating infidelity and to have a child with another woman in August 2022, and officially divorced in February 2023.
His Past Relationships
He was secretly married to a woman when he was 19 years old. He confirmed it in February 2013. Ne divorced his first wife when she asked him to choose between her and his career. He was also rumored with Simply Jess at the club.
He was in a relationship with a photographer, Jessica White. Jessica accused him as her child’s father and he eventually found out that he wasn’t the father of the child. He also claimed that she used him for money at VH1’s Behind the Music show in 2012. He paid $575k when Jessica filed a lawsuit against him for publicly defaming her. Later, Ne removed the title of her child’s father in March 2013.
He was rumored with Karrine Steffans, a stripper and hooker. In May 2007, they appeared as a couple and Karrine even revealed that he gave her a foot massage. At last, Ne revealed that it was all fake and shut down the dating rumor.
In 2006, he dated Casha Darjean, a R&B singer and they separated in 2007. He also dated Vivica A. Fox from 2007 until 2008. From 2009 to 2010, he dated Tennille Jimenez. They even appeared as a couple at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. He met Monyetta Shaw at the Jamie Foxx concert in Louisiana in 2009. Ne proposed to her during a trip to the Dominican Republic in 2010.
They even set their marriage date in August 2013 but their relationship ended abruptly in 2013, only two months before their wedding because he didn’t want to remain monogamous anymore. During their relationship, Monyetta even removed her fallopian tube but Ne ditched her by not doing a vasectomy.
Ne-Yo, Father of Seven
He became a father of seven children. Ne welcomed Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr, Isabella Rose Smith, and Roman Alexander-Raj Smith with his ex-wife. Shaffer Jr was born in March 2016 and Roman was born on June 14, 2018. Isabella was born in June 2021.
Ne and Monyetta gave birth to a son and a daughter named Madilyn Grace Smith and Mason Evan Smith. Madilyn was born on November 2010 and Mason was born in October 2011. Ne welcomed Braiden and Brixton with his ex-girlfriend, Sadé Jenea. He shares joint custody with his ex-partners.
Ne-Yo’s Net Worth & Other Assets
Yo has an estimated net worth of $9 million as of 2023 which he earned through his professional career. His annual salary is $1 million. He is endorsed by Malibu Red, Alfani Red, Alexander McQueen, All Saints, Android Homme, Anthony Franco, Nike, and many more.
He owns cars like Porsche Panamera Turbo, Bentley Bentayga, Bentley Continental GT, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes SLS AMG, and Land Rover Range Rover. He bought a house in Alpharetta, Georgia for $3.3 million. It features a Pebble Tec pool, waterfall, and grotto-style hot tub.
His Legal Issues
He received the charge of violating investor-protection laws by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, so he paid $400k without admitting or denying the claims on March 22, 2023.
He was arrested for driving overspeeding his 2006 Range Rover without a valid license in Cobb County, Georgia on February 19, 2008. Ne served 24 hours of community service after pleading guilty on June 2, 2008. Ne, Pitbull, and DJ Afrojack used actress Lindsay Lohan’s name in their song, Give Me Everything. So, she sued them on August 22, 2011.
Singing Career of Ne-Yo
- Ne started singing when he joined an R&B group called Envy with a stage name, GoGo.
- Then, he signed with Columbia Records and also released the song, The Girl.
- He also worked with singers like Faith Evans, Christina Milian, Teedra Moses, and B2K.
- He collaborated with Mario on his debut song, Let Me Love You in 2004.
- In 2006, he played the role of Mixx in the movie, Save the Last Dance 2.
- He played Shaffer Smith in the seventh season of CSI: NY.
- He made a catwalk at the 67th Miss Universe pageant in December 2018.
- He appeared in the second season of the British version of The Masked Singer as a competitor in 2021.
- As a philanthropist, he is associated with Little Kids Rock and has been helping the arts and children.
Songs & Albums
His hit albums are In My Own Words, Because of You, Year of the Gentleman, Libra Scale, R.E.D., Non-Fiction, and Good Man. He released hit songs like Stay, When You’re Mad, Because of You, Go on Girl, Miss Independent, Another Kind of Christmas, and many more.
Movies & TV Shows
He played in movies like Save the Last Dance 2, Battle: Los Angeles, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Hip Hop Family Christmas, and Hip Hop Family Christmas Wedding. He appeared in tv shows like CosmoGIRL! Spy, It’s Showtime at the Apollo, The City That Never Sleeps, The Real Housewives of New York City, Empire Girls: Julissa and Adrienne, and so on.
Awards & Nominations
- In 2007, he was nominated at American Music Awards as Favorite R&B/Soul Male Artist.
- He won the nomination for Best Male R&B Artist at BET Awards.
- In 2008, he won a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album for his song, Because of You.
- He was also nominated for Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe) in the criteria of Album of the Year at Grammy Award.
FAQs of Ne-Yo
What is Ne-Yo’s height?
Ne has a tall height of 5 feet 8 inches and a body weight of 74kg. His body measurement is 43-15.5-34 inches and he has a beautiful pair of black-colored eyes while his hair color is black in color.
What is Ne-Yo’s nickname?
His nickname is Ne-Yo and GoGo. He adopted the name GoGo when he joined the group Envy.
Has Ne-Yo talked about gender transition?
He talked about the gender transition in a VladTv interview and shared that parents allowing their children to make decisions is wrong and slammed all parents for forgetting their roles.
Is Ne-Yo a Vegan?
Yes, he is not a vegan. He started his vegan journey after watching the documentary What the Health and even lost 30 pounds of body weight in February 2019. In March 2020, his manager revealed that he stopped veganism.
Does Ne-Yo have tattoos?
Yes, he has altogether 7 tattoos. Some of his tattoos are Chinese Symbol of Song, Chinese Symbol of Love on the right side of his neck, and Tribal Symbols on his shoulders.