People.com Entertainment Music Ne-Yo and Wife Crystal Renay Reconcile 4 Months After Announcing Split: 'We're Stronger Now' "Before the quarantine happened, we were definitely talking divorce," said the singer of how the lockdown allowed them time to hash out their differences By Benjamin VanHoose Benjamin VanHoose Twitter Benjamin VanHoose is an Associate Editor on the Movies team at PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE for over three years as a writer and reporter across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial to the Oscars. He regularly covers red carpet events and has interviewed stars like Drew Barrymore, Ryan Reynolds and Kirsten Dunst. He previously worked as a copy editor at Topix Media Lab. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 30, 2020 05:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Ne-Yo is thankful to have a "stronger" marriage today after he and wife Crystal Renay reached a breaking point earlier this year. Last week, the "Let Me Love You" singer, 40, opened up to The Talk about how being forced to spend more time with Renay due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown allowed them the time to work on their differences. “The whole quarantine thing was kind of a blessing,” he said, adding that it "allowed me the time to lock back in with" his wife and kids. Ne-Yo is father to sons Roman Alexander-Raj, 2, and Shaffer Chimere Jr., 4, whom he shares with Renay, and son Mason Evan, 8½, and daughter Madilyn Grace, 9½, from a previous relationship. In February, the artist revealed that he and Renay had decided to go their separate ways and pursue a divorce — a decision he said they've worked through in the months since. "Before the quarantine happened, we were definitely talking divorce," he said, "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." Ne-Yo said he and his wife had "uncomfortable" conversations, hashing out their problems by being "blatantly, painfully, brutally honest." He added that those "difficult" discussions can help or hurt, but in their case, it was productive. "We're actually stronger now than we were before," said Ne-Yo. "Now we feel like we can really talk to each other." All the Celebrity Couples Who've Called It Quits in 2020 Ne-Yo and Crystal Renay in 2017. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories Ne-Yo explained that he and Renay reached an impasse in their relationship, unable to open up to each other and work through their problems together. "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," he explained. "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," he said, "and that almost broke us." RELATED VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock's Issues Were 'Exacerbated' amid Quarantine, Says Source Meet the New Celebrity Couples of 2020 On Father's Day, Renay paid tribute to her husband, writing on Instagram that Ne-Yo is "truly a blessing to all of us." "A king in every meaning of the word! We are blessed to call you daddy🙌🏽 We love you for all that you do and all that you are," she captioned a slideshow of sweet family photos. "Enjoy your day because you absolutely deserve it! Happy father's my Chocolate, my love 🖤." When he spoke about their planned separation in February, Ne-Yo said on an episode of Private Talk with Alexis Texas that he would never "talk bad" about Renay, whom he called a "fantastic woman." "She's the mother of my children and she's always gonna be that and I will always respect her," he said at the time.