Popular singer Ne-Yo is asking the court to put a stop to his estranged partner’s social media rants amid their divorce proceeding.
The pair got married on February 20, 2016. However, Crystal Smith filed for divorce last month, days after she dropped an emotional post on Instagram accusing Ne-Yo of cheating on her throughout their marriage. In her suit in court, Crystal asked the court to grant her primary custody of their kids, child support, and spousal support.
Ne-yo has recently asked the court to force his former partner to remove her Instagram post against him and desist from dissing him in public as she has cost him over $400k in deals.
Read on to learn more.
Ne-Yo Claimed Crystal Smith’s Comments Caused Him Financial Injury
According to Radar Online, Ne-Yo has filed a suit requesting that the court stop his estranged wife from negatively speaking about him in public. The case comes after Crystal filed for divorce from the singer last month. At the time, both parties were instructed to avoid harassing each other.
The “Another Love Song” crooner claimed that his estranged partner had been on a public campaign to ruin his name, adding that her actions were in contempt of the court’s earlier instruction. He also requested that the court compel Crystal to remove all Instagram diss posts about him and force her not to speak about him on social media.
He added that her actions cost him several deals and gigs as her remarks in the media made prospective business partners wary of him.
“To date, [Ne-Yo] has loss approximately $400,000 in wages associated with public appearances, professional bookings, and promotional efforts related to the promotion of his new musical project,” the motion reads.
Crystal Smith Accused Ne-Yo Of Cheating During Their Marriage
Crystal unloaded a heap of verbal jabs on Ne-Yo in an emotional Instagram post just days before filing for divorce. At the time, she also accused him of having many affairs during their marriage.
Per Radar Online, she said, “8 years of lies and deception. 8 years of unknowingly sharing my life and husband with numerous of women who sell their bodies to him unprotected … every last one of them! To say I’m heartbroken and disgusted is an understatement. To ask me to stay and accept it is absolutely insane. The mentality of a narcissist.”
Ne-Yo claimed that since Crystal filed for divorce, she has attempted to garner public empathy by speaking to the paparazzi and granting other interviews where she opined that she was disrespected in the marriage.
The singer referred to Crystal’s behavior as “reckless and distasteful acts,” stating that if the court did not order her to stop, he would lose the source of income that he relies on to support his young children.
Ne-Yo Asked For Privacy
While Crystal has been vocal about her emotions regarding her and Ne-Yo’s current standings, the singer has chosen a more reserved stance and wishes to keep his family’s business out of the public eye.
"For the sake of our children, my family and I will work through our challenges behind closed doors. Personal matters are not meant to be addressed and dissected in public forums. I simply ask that you please respect me and my family’s privacy at this time.”
— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) July 31, 2022
Following Crystal’s scathing Instagram post, which seemed to incite the public wrath against him, Ne-Yo took to Twitter to request privacy from his fans and the public while also imploring them not to use his personal ordeal as fodder for gossip.
He tweeted, “For the sake of our children, my family and I will work through our challenges behind closed doors. Personal matters are not meant to be addressed and dissected in public forums. I simply ask that you please respect me and my family’s privacy at this time.”
Crystal Smith Filed For Divorce Last Month
The court is yet to decide on the matter. Nevertheless, it seems inevitable that the feud between the ex-couple would only worsen due to their separate requests to the court.
As per Radar Online, Crystal requested primary custody of the three children she had with Ne-Yo, Shaffer Smith Jr., Roman Smith, and Isabella Smith when she filed for divorce last month. She demanded payment of both spousal and child support.
In response to her request, Ne-Yo told the courts that he was prepared to pay child support for his young children for as long as feasible. However, he argued against awarding Crystal exclusive custody of the kids and requested that the court grant shared custody instead.
The musician stated he wanted sole use of their Georgian marital home and opposed the idea of paying Crystal spousal maintenance.