Crystal Renay Smith, the wife of singer Chimere Smith alias Ne-Yo, has filed for divorce after accusing him of being unfaithful throughout their eight-year marriage.
Renay now says Ne-Yo “just fathered a minor child with his paramour,” according to documents obtained by international media outlets.
She requested joint legal and primary physical custody of their children from the court, while also seeking “adequate child support.”
According to the paperwork, the couple legally parted ways “on or about July 22, 2022, and they had continually lived in a bona fide state of separation since then.”
The mother of three said she is “entitled to a divorce from Ne-Yo on the grounds that the marriage was irretrievably damaged with little possibility for reconciliation.”
She lists their date of separation as July 22 and says she’s been tending to their children alone ever since. As part of the divorce, Smith is seeking primary physical custody of their children, joint legal custody, child support and alimony.
In the court paperwork from international media, she also claimed that she knew Ne-Yo had “done the act of adultery.” The divorce filing came just days after Renay publicly claimed in an Instagram post and said that Ne-Yo had been disloyal.
“8 years of lies and deception. 8 years of unknowingly sharing my life and husband with numerous of women who sell their bodies to him unprotected…every last one of them! To say I’m heartbroken and disgusted is an understatement. To ask me to stay and accept it is absolutely insane. The mentality of a narcissist,” she wrote.
Ne-Yo responded the following day with a request to keep their marital issues private.
“For the sake of our children, my family and I will work through our challenges behind closed doors,” he wrote. “Personal matters are not meant to be addressed and dissected in public forums. I simply ask that you please respect me and my family’s privacy at this time.”
Ne-Yo later posted a video on his Instagram Stories featuring an audio clip that said: “Even if you hear a bad story about me, first understand there was a time I was good to those people, but they won’t tell you that.”
Smith’s divorce petition comes just four months after the couple renewed their vows and six years after they made their union official.