Ne-Yo Weds Model Fiancee After Whirlwind Romance
Ne-Yo wed his pregnant model girlfriend Crystal Renay in an oceanfront ceremony in Southern California on Saturday. The singer married Renay in front of family and friends at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles.
“We can’t wait to start our life together,” the happy couple told People after confirming the wedding news. “We’re looking forward to just being each others’ best friend.” The pair met in 2014 after discussing a possible collaboration for his album Non-Fiction, and the 36-year-old musician knew Crystal was “the one” immediately. “I kind of knew right away,” he added. “From that first encounter, I knew there was something different about her, something special.” Ne-Yo popped the question last summer, and the couple announced their engagement and Renay’s pregnancy that August. The model, who is currently nine months pregnant with a baby boy, told People prior to the nuptials that she wasn’t worried about her changing shape affecting her dress choice for the big day. “When I went to my first fitting, I had actually just found out the day before that I was pregnant, so from the beginning of the whole dress process, we knew that it would be a growing belly,” she said. “I’m gonna be honest: I’m nine months pregnant – I’m nervous about falling on my face!” Ne-Yo, real name Shaffer Chimere Smith, added in agreement: “I’m more concerned about her making it all that way down that aisle or if the water breaks or something.” The singer, who has two children with former fiancee Monyetta Shaw, also revealed that he’s taking his wedding vows seriously and is determined to make his marriage to Renay last. “This is big for me,” he insisted. “I’m not doing this again, so I’m happy that my family and friends are able to be there to share this moment with us. We’re human beings, so we’re gonna bump heads on different things, but we’ve agreed that this is gonna be a marriage that lasts.”