When it comes to cheating, don’t tell Ne-Yo!

Ne-Yo stopped by The Breakfast Club (Friday, July 15) to promote his new album, Self Explanatory. He dished on doing a Verzuz battle, strengthening his marriage, and more. 

The songwriter detailed his feelings about infidelity and mishaps in his marriage to his wife, Crystal Renay. 

In one song off the album, “Don’t Love Me,” Ne-yo explained that the track was about shortcomings as a husband.

“I was basically telling her that you might be better off just leaving me alone because I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to be who it is you need me to be.”

Co-host Angela Yee quickly followed up with, “So you were really lying to [Crystal’s] face?” Ne-Yo, 42, seemed taken aback by the moment and replied, Ummm, I mean, yeah!” 

“[I] am a person that is not angry at living in a blissful bubble of ignorance. The truth is rarely pretty,” he said. “In this world, in this life, you have to choose your happy so I choose to believe the truth that makes me happy as opposed to searching for the ugly truth that’s gone mess up my happy.”

Ne-Yo even highlighted that he wouldn’t want his friends to tell him anything. “If you ever found out anything about my wife, don’t bring me that.”

In spite of his perspective, the “So Sick” singer explained that the album isn’t just about his relationship highs and lows. “You can’t write every song about your situation. Everybody ain’t married, everybody ain’t happy, everybody ain’t sad, or whatever the case may be,” he explained.

The couple has been together since 2016. However, they divorced for a short time in 2020 and remarried this year in Las Vegas.

Ne-Yo said he started on his eighth studio album in 2018  but the pandemic took its own course. “The pandemic happened and screwed up everything so I’m actually happy that this album is finally getting out so people can see what it is that I’ve been up to. The album is basically snapshots of my life from 2018 to now. A lot of things have gone down and we cover all that in the album.”

Check out the complete interview below:

Emil Flemmon

Èmil Flemmon is the Managing Editor for the 360 Baseline Movement. The Atlanta-based editor, red carpet interviewer, writer, and photographer, has had a career spanning over a decade in the editorial industry. His work has been featured in Kontrol Magazine, The Atlanta Voice, Blavity, Aspire TV, REVOLT, The Jasmine Brand, and Where Y'at Magazine in New Orleans. His mission is to help journalists and publicists have better connectivity and relationships exclusively through the movement.

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