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Ne-Yo has opened up more about his marital issues with Crystal Smith.

In a sneak peek of his “Drink Champs” interview, the “Miss Independent” crooner admitted that they lacked communication with one another before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Right before the pandemic was when things were at its worst,” the 42-year-old told hosts N.O.R.E a.k.a. Noreaga and DJ EFN. “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 weren’t talking about,” the crooner added. “So when the pandemic hit there was a multitude of places that I coulda went, but in the beginning, they weren’t really telling us nothing so I’m like, listen cats are dying and we gotta go home.

Ne-Yo went on to recall, “I’m gonna go to my house house. I’m gonna go where I know my kids are at, where I know my mama at, where I know my wife who doesn’t like me right now but it’s alright cause if we gonna die we gonna figure it out.” He continued, “That was the thought process.”

Ne-Yo and Crystal tied the knot in 2016. After calling it quits in early 2020, they reconciled. The crooner proposed to Crystal once again on New Year’s Eve and eventually remarried in April on a rooftop of the new Resorts World complex in Las Vegas.

However, in late July, Crystal exposed Ne-Yo for his alleged cheating habits. “8 years. 8 years of lies and deception. 8 years of unknowingly sharing my life and my husband with numerous women who sell their bodies to him unprotected…every last one of them! To say I’m heartbroken and disgusted is a understatement,” she lamented in a lengthy Instagram post.

Crystal filed a divorce from his now-estranged husband on August 1. Citing that their marriage is “irretrievably broken with no hope for reconciliation,” she added in her court documents that he “fathered a child with another woman.” She listed the date of their separation as July 22, 2022.