US singer Ne-Yo reveals secret wedding at 19

R&B singer and producer Ne-Yo has revealed that he got married at 19 but the couple split up after less than a year.

The singer, now 30, told celebrity site TMZ: “Wait, actually, yeah, when I was like 19. It wasn’t even for like a year. It isn’t well known because nobody really asked.”

The relationship ended in divorce, he said, when his former partner insisted he choose between her and a career in music.

“[Music] is honestly the only thing I’ve ever loved, so I chose this over her. Now I’m here, and I don’t know where she is.”

Ne-Yo, born Shaffer Chimere Smith, is now engaged to Monyetta Shaw, whom he met in 2009. They have two children together.

The Grammy-award winning performer has released five albums to date. His 2006 debut, In My Own Words has sold more than two million copies to date.


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