Who Are Ne-Yo's Kids? His Ex Accused Him of Neglecting Their Sons

"Why cant you just be at home with your kids?" Sade Bagnerise asked him on Instagram Live.

Tatayana Yomary - Author

Apr. 26 2024, Updated 1:59 p.m. ET

Ne-Yo wearing chain, sunglasses, hat, black jacket at 2024 Super Bowl party
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For most R&B music lovers, it comes as no surprise that Ne-Yo is the talent behind many of the genre’s celebrated tunes — think Mario’s 2004 hit “Let Me Love You,” Rihanna’s 2007 smash “Take a Bow,” and Queen Bey’s 2006 three-time platinum-selling single “Irreplaceable.” While Ne-Yo has done a great job of creating hits over the last few decades, the star is also a proud father.

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So, how many kids does Ne-Yo have? What about their mothers? Unfortunately, there's been some drama along the way. Here’s the 4-1-1.

Ne-Yo with his eldest child — daughter Madilyn — in 2023
Source: Instagram/@neyo

Ne-Yo with his eldest child — daughter Madilyn — in 2023

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How many kids does Ne-Yo have?

Ne-Yo has seven kids from three different relationships.

The hitmaker shares two children with his ex-fiancée and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Monyetta Shaw: daughter Madilyn Grace Smith (born on Nov. 12, 2010) and son Mason Evan Smith (born on Oct. 9, 2011).

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Then, Ne-Yo and his now-ex-wife, Crystal Renay Smith, welcomed sons Shaffer Chimere Jr. (born on March 15, 2016) and Roman Alexander-Raj Smith (born on June 14, 2018), followed by a daughter named Isabella Rose Smith (born on June 25, 2020).

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The musician then welcomed two sons named Braiden (born in 2021) and Braxton (born in 2023) with his now-ex-girlfriend Sade Bagnerise.

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Sade Bagnerise accused Ne-Yo of assault as well as neglecting their two kids.

In an Instagram Live video from April 24, 2024, Sade can be heard accusing Ne-Yo of some heavy allegations. “Tell them about the freak-off, Diddy Jr.,” she tells him in the video. "He's calling the police, y'all."

She later says, “You know what you did. You body-slammed me on the floor. Tell them the real you ... and why we’re here today.”

She accuses of him of having "drugs and weed, alcohol, mushrooms, and prostitutes in the house while his kids are here." She goes on: "Everyone has asked him to stop, but he will not listen to nobody. This is what’s going on. This is the tea … I even came over here to help him with these f---ing kids because he won’t watch these kids.”

Sade asks him at one point: "Why cant you just be at home with your kids?"

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The next day, Sade took to Instagram stories to address fans and apologize for "putting y'all in our business."

"Emotions were heightened," she wrote, "and I want the best him to show up. But I understand you can't make people feel you. I have good faith everything will come together."

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"Full moon was out, cycle on, postpartum built with frustration and a lot of underlying issues that we needed to be addressed. Trying to do that with the problem present made heightened emotions. I'm human. I hurt too. And I want the best for everyone."

She later added a note in another Instagram story that she "wouldn't be fussing if I didn't think he was capable of being the best." She then addressed Ne-Yo directly and said, "Sorry for how I communicated my frustration with you @neyo, sincerely. Let's do better."

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Crystal Renay previously accused Ne-Yo of cheating on her for eight years and called him a “narcissist.”

In a July 30, 2022, Instagram post, the entrepreneur completely aired out the R&B icon with cheating allegations.

"Eight years. Eight years of lies and deception," Crystal wrote. "Eight years of unknowingly sharing my life and my husband with numerous women who sell their bodies to him unprotected … every last one of them!"

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She went on to say that while she was heartbroken, she refused to deal with the “mentality of a narcissist.” She also shared that she has decided to put her “happiness, health, and self-respect” first.

Interestingly, Crystal also requested that fans stop sending her proof of Ne-yo’s alleged philandering via videos.

"I ask that you all please stop sending me videos and information of him cheating because what he does is no longer my concern. I am not a victim. I'm choosing to stand tall with my head held high. If someone can't love you the way you deserve then it's up to you to love yourself. With no hate in my heart I wish him nothing but the best,” she wrote.

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While some social media users were sympathetic to Crystal’s situation, others were not so kind. Many fans took to social media to share that while Ne-yo’s alleged behavior was disgusting, this may have been the result of karma.

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In case you’ve been MIA, rumors have long made their rounds about Ne-Yo cheating on his ex-fiancée Monyetta with Crystal. Many fans also accused Crystal of speaking badly about Monyetta when she first started dating Ne-Yo. So, some fans believed this was a hearty serving of karma for Crystal.

“Girl, what did you expect? He did it on his other baby mother, asked her to get fixed, then had some with you who he was probably cheating with,” one Instagram user commented.

“Girl, you were one of those girls too. It took a while for him to do the same thing he did to Monyetta, but he finally did. What goes around comes around. You actually thought you could keep him. Mo was a good woman and you and Ne-Yo did her dirty. So, this is the karma bus finally at your house," another fan commented.

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Monyetta Shaw

Monyetta Shaw

Making matters worse, The Shade Room showed that Ne-Yo actually liked Crystal’s post about his alleged infidelity. Clearly, Ne-Yo had no shame in his game. However, the singer later made a statement on social media about wanting to keep his personal matters private.

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