Ne-Yo, a prolific Voice performer and season two mentor, is currently embroiled in controversy after his wife, Crystal Renay Smith, accused him in a now-deleted Instagram post that he cheated on her with sex workers. She later filed for divorce and said in her filing that he fathered a child with another woman.
Ne-Yo appeared on an episode of the podcast Drink Champs where he talked extensively about his marriage. Despite the fact, the podcast was recorded prior to Smith's Instagram post and divorce filing.
Ne-Yo has admitted that there is a part of him that believes that as the breadwinner, he is entitled to do whatever he desires.
Ne-Yo talked about trying to be a good husband on Drink Champs, and how temptation is difficult for him, particularly because part of him believes he should be able to do whatever he wants to do because he provides for his family.
Im the breadwinner. Period. No one has to worry about anything because of me so there's a level of me within myself that says I'm entitled to do whatever I want to do because I take care of everyone in my family.
He added, "But at the same time, you decide to be married, you make that decision, you make that decision," and that is you saying, "While you realize that you have the right to do whatever the f*** you want to do because you provide for your whole family," you are deciding to take into account the emotions and the worries of another person. It's self-destructive.
He continued to state that he doesnt want anyone to think that hes saying that it is simple to just choose to be faithful, because it is not.
Ne-Yo believes that temptation would not be a temptation if it werent difficult. But there is a point in life where you have to be like, "Alright, do I care about this person?" And if I care about this person, will I continue doing the s*** that I know is truly hurting this person?"
Ne-Yo said he and Crystal had ended their relationship for the first time because he knew he was hurting her.
According to Billboard, Ne-Yo and Crystal came close to divorcing in early 2020 but later reconciled, preparing for a new marriage ceremony in April 2022.
Ne-Yo said on Drink Champs that in early 2020 he knew he had to put an end to the relationship because he knew she was being harmed.
Ne-Yo was so enthralled with me being that person that I looked at her like she was fine, I'm just hurting her to the point where I'll let her go before I allow myself to continue hurting her.
Crystal stayed on him about not coping out and holding him accountable, but he said he did.
She was not letting me go. Man, there's something to that. She's not allowing you to be a f***ing coward right now. She's not allowing you to do that. She's holding you accountable and making you stand up for what you truly want. said Ne-Yo.
She said she made him realize that he was making the decision to not be the person he expected him to be, and that if that was going to be his decision, she would have agreed with him that they should get divorced.
So here's what her response was to me: okay, so you said that you cant be this person. Is it that you can't be this person, or is it that you will not be this person? Because it's not like there's someone physically holding you back from being this person, it's all up to you. It's what you decide to be, its who you decide to be, and it's what you decide to do, according to Ne-Yo of his wife's statement in
He continued, "It's all decision-based." Youre deciding not to be who you know I need, that's a decision you're making, and if that's the decision youre making, yes, we should get a divorce."
Vivica A. Fox of FOX Souls Cocktails with Queens criticized Ne-Yo for not honoring his marriage vows and advised Crystal not to back down because it can become a vicious cycle.
Crystal, if you go back, you'll want to be really self-assured this time because this isn't the first time this has happened, according to Fox.
Crystal, if you go back and you do this again, sometimes women, it becomes a vicious cycle that you now think this is love. You deserve better, sweetheart. Youve tried. I know sometimes a lot of women [say], I want to break up my family, this, this, and the third. Its not working. Move on.
On NBC, The Voice will resume for its 22nd season on Monday, September 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times.