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R&B star Ne-Yo and his long-suffering wife Crystal Renay Smith are expecting their third child together.

The "So Sick" musician confirmed his baby news on Instagram over the weekend: "Overjoyed to announce... The family is expanding... #Number5... #5thandFinal... #BlessingsOnBlessings... @itscrystalsmith... You ready baby? Let's go!"

Ne-Yo & Crystal Smith spends the day with their kids at Disney California Adventure

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Ne-Yo and Crystal are already parents to sons Roman Smith, 2, and Shaffer Smith, 4.

The 41-year-old singer/songwriter, real name Shaffer Chimere Smith, shares 2 children -- daughter Madilyn Grace Smith, 10, and 9-year-old son, Mason Evan Smith, with ex-girlfriend Monyetta Shaw.

The news emerges months after the singer admitted his marriage to Crystal was saved by the coronavirus shutdown, because it forced them to confront their issues head-on.

"The whole quarantine thing was kind of a blessing. It allowed me the time to lock back in with (my family)," he said.

"Before the quarantine happened, we were definitely talking divorce, and the quarantine forced us to sit still, block out the noise from the world - you know the world can get very, very loud, and we tend to let the world's opinion mean more in certain situations than it should."

The couple had reached a point where Ne-Yo and Crystal found themselves unable to open up to one another in order to work through their problems.

He added: "I don't know when it happened, but we got to a place where we felt like we couldn't just say it, you know? You're feeling something - something's going on, and you know something's going on, but for whatever reason, you can't just come out and say it. We got to that place, and that almost broke us... We're actually stronger now than we were before. Now we feel like we can really talk to each other."

Ne-Yo proposed to his wife again on New Year's Eve. The couple originally tied the knot in 2016.

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Restaurants are shuttered in California and other blue states amid the Covid-19 outbreak, but business is booming in Atlanta.

Business is so good in Atlanta that music mogul Ne-Yo and his wife Crystal Renay Smith are opening a restaurant in College Park. The couple is partnering with reality TV personality Karlie Redd in the business venture.

The restaurant, named Johnny's Chicken & Waffles, is set to open in January 2021, according to the eatery's website.

"The 85-seat indoor dining space will provide full-menu service and will feature booths, tables, high tops and bar seating. A take-out counter will serve pies baked fresh daily and a selection of café goods."

Ne-Yo and his business partners are currently hiring managers, waiters and busboys.

The interior decor will feature platinum record plaques from Outkast, Ne-Yo, Ludacris and Usher, as well as a mural of the legendary Apollo Theater Harlem, NY.

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Karlie said in a statement:

"Ne-Yo and I aim to make everyone feel at home at Johnny’s Chicken & Waffles, and you never know who you'll see dining alongside you! Anyone who appreciates music will love the ambiance we created in our dining room, with awards and plaques from Ne-Yo, myself and some of our closest friends. Who doesn't love some amazing chicken and waffles, while listening to some amazing music! We hope to see you if you're in College Park."

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Last week, singer/songwriter Ne-Yo hinted that his marriage to Crystal Renay Smith was irreparably broken.

In a social media post, Ne-Yo's wedding ring was removed, and Crystal scrubbed all photos of him from her Instagram timeline. As the news broke that the couple had split after 4 years, Crystal planted a small seed of doubt.
 

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In a cryptic statement to Instagram blog Baller Alert, Crystal said:

"The accuracy is that he's an amazing father and our kids are blessed to have a father like him. I wound; take that back for anything in the world. Everything else is God's will."

The news renewed interest in a certain home video that is definitely NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

In a comment on RhymeswithSnitch.com, R in NYC wrote:

"Go to pornhub and type 3 cute redbone lesbians in he search bar and watch Crystal eat pu**y like she's starving. Both of these fools are downlow gay. Bearding for each other..."

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R&B singer and songwriter Ne-Yo has reportedly split from his long-suffering wife, Crystal Renay, ahead of their 4th wedding anniversary.

The "Mad" singer, real name Shaffer Chimere Smith, tied the knot with Instagram model Crystal Renay in an oceanfront ceremony on February 20, 2016, weeks before welcoming their first child, son Shaffer Smith, Jr. They went on to have another son, Roman Smith, in 2018.

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Ne-Yo and Crystal locked lips during happier times at the 2019 Latin American Music Awards in October 2019. However, Crystal has since decided to file for divorce, according to blogger The Jasmine Brand.

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Ne-Yo's wife, who goes by her married name of Crystal Smith, hinted at the split on social media. She removed all images of the singer from her Instagram profile, WENN.com reports.

Ne-Yo, who also shares two kids with his former fiancée, Monyetta Shaw, recently acknowledged the ups and downs of his marriage in a post to celebrate the New Year. In his post, Ne-Yo insisted he and Crystal were still "perfect for each other".

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Alongside a snap of the smiling couple, he wrote:

"2019 had its bumps and bruises, yes sure. But it's not about the difficulty, it's about one's ability to realize when something is worth fighting for and one's willingness to push thru to the potential greatness of a situation. There's no such thing as perfect, a lesson we both had to learn and lock in. But perfect for each other is a real thing. And that's you and me."

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Celebrations have already begun around the world as revelers say goodbye to 2019 and ring in a brand new decade on Tuesday night.

If you plan on staying in, here is a list featuring New Year's celebrations and countdown shows on television.

New Year's Eve With Steve Harvey

Rapper/actor LL Cool J (pictured top) is the headliner on Fox's New Year's Eve hosted by Steve Harvey starting at 8 p.m. ET. Other performers include Tyga, The Chainsmokers, Florida Georgia Line, and The Village People, who will attempt to break the world record for the biggest "YMCA" dance.
 

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Dick Clark's Rockin’ Eve On ABC

Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve, hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Lucy Hale in New York's Times Square. Singer Ciara Wilson (pictured) will host from Los Angeles and actor Billy Porter is live in New Orleans.

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Ciara (pictured right) will be joined in L.A. by Megan Thee Stallion (pictured left), Paula Abdul, Salt-N-Pepa, and more. Porter will be joined by Usher, Sheryl Crow, and more. There are live performances by Post Malone, BTS, Sam Hunt, and Alanis Morissette in L.A. and the Jonas Brothers will perform in Miami, Florida. The show starts at 8 p.m. on ABC.
 

A Toast to 2019!

Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager host NBC's New Year's Eve special featuring Kristen Bell, Maya Rudolph and others. The fun starts at 8 p.m. ET.
 

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NBC's New Year's Eve 2020

Carson Daly and Julianne Hough host NBC New Year's Eve 2020, with live performances by Ne-Yo, Brett Eldredge, Julianne Hough, Leslie Odom, Jr., Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and more. The countdown begins at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Were you wondering whatever happened to hitmaker NE-YO? Well, he's back and ready for the holiday season with 5 newly-penned Christmas songs. The 3-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter celebrates the joyous season by releasing his first Christmas album, titled Another Kind Of Christmas (Motown Records/Compound Entertainment).

The album song list includes "Just Ain't Christmas" which NE-YO says captures the pain of a Christmas Eve break-up, while the playful double entendres of "Open Mine Tonight" explains what goes down after the kids go to bed.

The festive album also includes Christmas standards by superstar Stevie Wonder and the late singers Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Nat King Cole. Other collaborators include Candice Boyd, Satori, Dre Island, And RaVaughn.

NE-YO, a 39-year-old Libra, reimagined versions of Christmas classics – including "Someday At Christmas," a plea for peace written for Stevie Wonder during the Vietnam War. The song was covered by The Jackson 5 on their Motown Christmas album.

NE-YO also covers Marvin Gaye's "I Want To Come Home For Christmas," that was inspired by the plight of prisoners of war.

NE-YO says, of the album "See you this Holiday season and every holiday season after! Think you're gonna love it that much!"

Another Kind Of Christmas Track Listing

1. This Christmas
2. Talk About It
3. Carol Of The Bells feat. Candice Boyd
4. Open Mine Tonight
5. Just Ain't Christmas
6. Christmas Vibez feat. Satori and Dre Island
7. Merry Christmas Baby
8. I Want To Come Home For Christmas
9. The Christmas Song
10. Someday At Christmas feat. RaVaughn
11. It's For Everybody
 

NE-YO - "Just Ain't Christmas"

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