NE-YO, whose real name is Shaffer Chimere Smith, proudly embraces his role as a father, as evidenced by a series of photos he shared on Instagram Friday, featuring his seven children.
In the first snapshot, NE-YO is seen holding his youngest daughter, Isabella Rose, 2. The Grammy winner stands alongside his oldest daughter, Madilyn Grace, 12, in the subsequent picture.
The third photo captures Mason Evan, 11, and Shaffer Chimere Jr., 7, smiling while seated on a counter. Meanwhile, Roman Alexander-Raj, 5, reaches out for Mason’s hand.
Among other candid shots, NE-YO also posted a family photo where all seven of his kids, including Braiden, 2, and Brixton, 3 months, are dressed in matching white shirts and blue jeans.
In the Instagram caption, NE-YO emphasizes that he is a father above all else, placing importance on his children rather than money, fame, or his career. He expresses his unconditional love for his kids and his unwavering commitment to providing for them, stating that they are his motivation and the reason for his actions.
Acknowledging his imperfections, NE-YO affirms that his children’s love is what matters most to him. He emphasizes his dedication to ensuring they never lack anything, stating that being a father is the best thing he has ever done.
NE-YO concludes the caption by expressing his deep affection for his family, referring to them as his tribe and squad. He affirms his eternal love for them, both in this life and beyond, concluding the message with the heartfelt hashtag #DaddyLovesYou, with each child’s name receiving its own dedicated hashtag.
According to Page Six, NE-YO shares his children Shaffer, Roman, and Isabella with his ex-wife Crystal Renay, while Madilyn and Mason Grace are from his previous relationship with ex-fiancé Monyette Shaw. His sons Braiden and Brixton are with ex-girlfriend Sadé Jenea.
In August 2022, Renay filed for divorce, publicly accusing him of infidelity. The divorce was finalized in January, after which the couple officially ended their marriage.
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