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Ne-Yo's Wife Crystal Smith Found Out About Divorce From Podcast

Ne-Yo's Wife Crystal Smith Found Out About Divorce From Podcast

Crystal Smith, the wife of singer Ne-Yo, has revealed she found out about their divorce online, having spotted the news on entertainment sites after he made an announcement on a podcast.

Crystal, 34, did not know about the divorce until Ne-Yo spoke out on the podcast Private Talk With Alexis Texas in February, when the news was also picked up by the press.

Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Chimere Smith, said at the time: "It's slowly but surely becoming public knowledge that myself and my wife have decided to go ahead and get a divorce.

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"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."

Credit: Instagram/Crystal Smith
Credit: Instagram/Crystal Smith

Crystal - who married 41-year-old Ne-Yo in 2018 - said the news had been something of a bombshell for her, saying he'd filed for a divorce and simply 'came home and asked what was for dinner'.

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The couple are now back together, having appeared on The Tamron Hall Show via video link to explain what happened with their relationship earlier this year.

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Crystal recalled: "We weren't really talking at that time. I chose to leave the relationship because of issues, and at the time I felt like it was to get back at me or to hurt me, or whatever the case may be.

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"He said that it wasn't so I took his word for that. But it definitely didn't feel good, it was embarrassing to say the least."

She continued: "I chose to go to therapy and to start working on my pain and my issues and everything I was dealing with internally.

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Credit: ABC
Credit: ABC

"I feel like that was the right step for me to get past it, so whether we were going to be together or not, I had to heal for myself so I could get up and perform for my kids."

Ne-Yo added: "The reason why I went ahead and made it known on that podcast at the time was because I had gotten word that it had gotten out. And I was trying to get in front of the blogs and everybody.

"I've always hated the whole third person thing - if I don't hear it from the horse's mouth, I don't believe it, so I decided to get in front of it before it became rumour and accusation."

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Ne-Yo said their respective demons didn't 'mesh', and they weren't in a place at the time where they could 'help each other throughout issues'.

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