Ne-Yo is opening up about his marriage to Crystal Renay and the challenges they faced, which he says stemmed from their inability to communicate with one another.

A new sneak peek shared by the Drink Champs on social media ahead of the forthcoming episode, shows Ne-Yo sharing about his widely-publicized separation from Renay after she announced her decision to split from the R&B veteran, claiming he’d fathered a child with another woman.

Ne-Yo is heard telling N.O.R.E and DJ EFN:

“Right before the pandemic was when things was at its worst. Just couldn’t talk to each other. Like it’s clearly beef but I’m on tour I’ll see you in three weeks. That type of thing. So when the pandemic hit and everybody had to go home it kinda forced us to sit in each other’s face and talk about the stuff that we just wasn’t talking about.”

Adding, “So when the pandemic hit there was a multitude of places that I coulda went, but in the beginning, they wasn’t really telling us nothing so I’m like, listen cats is dying and we gotta go home.

“The NBA is shut down, I’m gonna go to my house. I’m gonna go where I know my kids is at, where I know my mama at, where I know my wife who don’t like me right now but it’s alright cause if we gonna die we gonna figure it out. That was the thought process.”

Ne-Yo’s Drink Champ interview comes weeks after Renay filed for divorce in an Atlanta courthouse, claiming that their marriage was “irretrievably broken with no hope for reconciliation.”

Prior to her filing, Renay, who shares three kids with Ne-Yo, took to social media to slam the “So Sick” singer for his behavior over the past 8 years.

In the since-deleted post on Instagram, the 36-year-old stated:

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!” she wrote. “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.”

In response to the backlash on social media, Ne-Yo 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.”

Watch the full Drink Champs interview below.

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