Ne-Yo and Crystal Smith attend the 2022 BET Awards
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Ne-Yo's Past Relationships Ended Due to Infidelity — Now He's Practicing Polyamory

Ne-Yo is dating two women, but this isn't the first headline-making move he's ever made. Here is a look at the singer's wild dating history.


Apr. 24 2024, Published 4:36 p.m. ET

Singer Ne-Yo’s dating life is as storied as his music career. The Arkansas crooner has become known for his chart-topping R&B songs that address love, heartbreak, and loss.

Beyond his No. 1 hits and electrifying live shows, the singer-songwriter has also captured headlines with his romantic escapades over the years.

Ne-Yo has had to navigate the complexities of love while in the spotlight, and his personal life has become as interesting as his musical endeavors.

On April 18, TMZ spotted the Grammy-winning singer walking hand-in-hand with his two girlfriends while shopping in Los Angeles.

The moment caused a frenzy online with many questioning Ne-Yo’s relationship status. However, Ne-Yo has been open about his romantic endeavors, which come after his divorce from Crystal Renay. Here is a look at the singer’s dating history.

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Ne-Yo had a messy split from Jessica White.

model jessica white l and recording artist ne yo attend the rd annual midnight grammy brunch
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Model Jessica White (L) and recording artist Ne-Yo attend the 3rd Annual Midnight GRAMMY Brunch.

Ne-Yo dated model Jessica White in the mid-2000s, and their relationship was tumultuous. Upon their split, Ne-Yo claimed that Jessica led him to believe that he was the father of her son, Chimere, but he later found out that he was not.

According to Page Six, the pair reached a $575,000 settlement after the messy fallout, but the drama between the two did not end there. After Ne-Yo opened up about the paternity nightmare in an episode of Behind The Music, Jessica sued the singer for defamation.

Monyetta Shaw claimed Ne-Yo's thirst for threesomes ended their romance.

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: Ne-Yo and Monyetta Shaw attend T.I. "Trouble Man Heavy Is The Head" Album Release.

One of Ne-Yo's most publicized relationships was with actress and entrepreneur Monyetta Shaw. The couple's love story was well-documented, with Shaw even appearing in Ne-Yo's music videos and accompanying him to various public events. Together, they welcomed two children, daughter Madilyn Grace and son Mason Evan. They split in 2013, with Monyetta citing Ne-Yo’s thirst for threesomes as the reason for their separation, per ESSENCE.

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Ne-Yo married Crystal Renay in 2016, but their time together was short-lived.

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Ne-Yo and Crystal Smith attend the 2022 BET Awards.

Ne-Yo found love once again with model Crystal Renay. Their relationship blossomed quickly, and the pair tied the knot in a romantic ceremony in 2016.

That same year, the couple welcomed their first child together, a son named Shaffer Chimere Jr. They went on to have two more children before announcing their separation in 2022. In court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Crystal claimed the singer fathered a child with another woman, prompting the split.

Ne-Yo has not one but two girlfriends now!

Ne-Yo’s romantic interests have evolved, and he is now dating two women who were previously identified as Arielle and Ms. Tatted, thanks to posts on Arielle’s Instagram Story (per Hot New Hip Hop).

Ne-yo has been spotted with his girlfriends on vacation in Montego Bay and strolling through the streets of Los Angeles. The singer has since become an advocate for polyamorous relationships, and he makes no secret of it.

“I feel like in the realm of love and romance, you should let people do whatever the hell they want to do,” he told TMZ before adding, “I don't recommend anything to anybody. What works for me might not work for you and vice versa, so find out what works for you."

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