Ray J Spotted Without Wedding Ring Following Claims That Wife Princess Love 'Filing for Divorce'
The 38-year-old artist was seen hopping on a flight at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday with his wedding ring clearly missing from his ring finger on his left hand, according to a photo obtained by PEOPLE.
The couple — who married in August 2016 and share 1-year-old daughter Melody Love — have endured a dramatic few weeks amid claims that Ray J left Princess and their daughter “stranded” in Las Vegas. Later, Princess shared on social media she would be “filing for divorce.”
However, the rapper’s missing wedding ring comes after he claimed the two were trying to reconcile and look into couples therapy, TMZ reported on Nov. 27. While he hoped to make things work, the outlet also reports that Princess is done with the relationship.
Days after Ray J denied leaving the Love & Hip Hop star and his daughter in Las Vegas the weekend of Nov. 16, Princess shared on social media that their relationship may get messier.
According to the Instagram account The Shade Room, during Ray J’s Instagram Live video, Princess reportedly made a comment via Melody’s Instagram account which read, “Filing for divorce when I get back to LA.”
Princess also posted a since-deleted Instagram Live video, in which she further detailed the events of the Las Vegas drama.
“He basically admitted he had been entertaining, you know, some women,” she said, according to the outlet.
She continued to explain that the two went to Las Vegas for the 2019 Soul Train Awards when her husband proposed the idea of moving there, to which Princess reportedly joked, “Well you can move to Vegas but I’m going to be in L.A..”
Ray J took the idea seriously, Princess claimed, adding that he was “out the whole night” and calling her “selfish” when he came back.
“What made me mad — because every time we get into an argument he starts talking about or alluding to, like, getting a divorce or saying ‘As long as I get to see my kids,’” she reportedly told her followers. “It’s like, ‘Why do you gotta to take it there?’” The conversation heated up, Princess said, adding that at one point she told Ray J, “Okay, we can just be separated then,” to which he replied. “Not before I file first.”
She claimed that Ray J left the hotel for a new one and blocked her on social media.
“He has not called me; hasn’t checked on me or [our daughter] Melody. So, we’re just here,” Princess allegedly said on the Live clip.
According to screengrabs obtained by The Shade Room, Princess also had the family car, however, she did not want to drive home alone at eight months pregnant.
Ray J explained in a video shared on Nov. 21 on Instagram that Princess’ claim was absolutely false.
“This is for all the media outlets out there that’s putting out these stories about me,” Ray J said in the clip. “Let me explain something to y’all because I don’t think y’all understand who I really am.”
“I am my family,” Ray J said. “I love my family. I’ve dedicated my life to my family. To insinuate that I would do anything to harm my daughter is just sad man,” Ray J continued, addressing Princess.
The “Brown Sugar” singer then pans the camera to show that he is still at the Skylofts at MGM Grand Hotel in Vegas, saying, “I just don’t understand how somebody could get stranded if we never left. We’ve been right here.”
“People are going to get into arguments here and there that are small stuff that you can work out,” Ray J explained before condemning Princess’ decision to air their issues via social media.
“If we get into something big or small, we should be able to hug each other and love each other and listen to each other and understand what we need to do to make it right,” Ray J says.
“How can I make adjustments, how can I compromise to make you happy — it goes both ways in a relationship. This is not it.”
Ray J then went on to apologize for his part and “everything that’s happened.”
“We supposed to be at the tightest and at the strongest. We having another baby coming in and these are not the things we supposed to do,” an exasperated Ray J said.
“I will continue being the best man and father I can be no matter what’s going on the other side. Without respect there is nothing. Love took a L this time,” Ray J concluded.
In response to Ray J’s caption, Princess wrote, “Practice what you preach…” before bringing up another point: “If we’ve ‘so called’ been there the whole time, why would you miss your baby?”
According to multiple outlets, the drama began when Ray J posted a since-deleted family photo from BET’s Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas on Nov. 17.
“Thank you @bet. #SoulTrainAwards @princesslove @melodylovenorwood,” Ray J reportedly captioned the Instagram post, which showed himself posing with Princess and their nearly 18-month-old baby daughter.
In an exchange captured by The Shade Room, Princess then reportedly commented on Ray J’s post, writing, “Left me and Melody stranded in Vegas and blocked me from calling.. now you wanna post family photos.”
Princess also added the hashtag “#ByeUgly” and a laughing-crying emoji.