Shaffer Chimere Smith, known by his stage name Ne-Yo, came out of closet admitting that he is gay.
The R&B, Rhythm and Blues genius said he would have never admitted it, But “Bruce Jenner really gave me the inner strength to admit to my kids, my family, my friends, my fans and ultimately to myself that I am gay”
Since i was a boy i was attracted to young boys, as a black man, we fear gayness instead of embracing it. Watching Bruce, well Caitlyn, sit down with Dianne Sawyer on ABC really inspired me.
Bruce is very brave and beautiful. As soon as he came out as transgendered, she freed herself and that’s the freedom I want” says Ne-Yo.
Ne-Yo was born in Camden, Arkansas. His father and mother both are African American. He was raised by his mother in Las Vagas after she separated from his father.
Ne-Yo was engaged to “Atlanta Exes” reality star, Monyetta Shaw, when he began secretly seeing a man. “I thought it was a phase, I thought I could suppress these gay emotions. The guy is also famous, but I’ll let him reveal himself when the time is right”. Shaw has admitted that though she believes the relationship would lead to marriage, she always had her suspicions.
In 2005, Jessica White, Ne-Yo’s girlfriend, gave birth to a boy. Though Ne-Yo believed he was the father, he later discovered the child was not his. He is now in litigation with the child’s mother
Although Ne-Yo and Shaw were never married, the couple now has two children. Ne-Yo also thought he fathered a child until a DNA test proved him not to be the biological father.