R & B star Ne-Yo on fatherhood and his baby boy

In an interview with OK magazine, R & B artist / songwriter Ne-Yo (nee Shaffer Smith), 23, couldn’t hide his delight over being a father to his baby son Chimere and how much his life has changed for the better.

Fatherhood changes your outlook on life. Nothing looks the same anymore.It flips up your whole perspective.  Everything is a risk, but he’s the reason I breathe.

Before, the reason I did music was about living my dream, but now I need to make sure that Chimere never has to worry about anything.  I need to make sure that if he wants to got to college, he’s going to go there.  To hell with being tired.  I’m going to get to the studio and write this song, make sure I get these songs placed, make sure this song is the best it can be so that the album sells so that Chimere will be all right. Everything is about him now.

Ne-Yo’s baby momma is a woman named Jesseca White, who he says is one of his best friends. The two share bi-coastal parenting responsibilities, in which he says he wishes he could be more involved with on a regular basis.

I don’t get to see Chimere as much as I would like, which is why I have the utmost love and respect for his mother. He stood up by himself for the first time yesterday, Jesseca called to tell me.  They’re in California and I’m in New York, and I missed it.  While she’s taking care of him, I’m taking care of them from afar.  They don’t have to worry about finances-I got that side of it-she’s taking care of his day-to-day.  But when I’m in California, all my time is given to him.

Ne-Yo is known for his hit songs, "So Sick" and "When You’re Mad" off of his platinum album, "In My Own Words." He also wrote such popular songs as Rhianna’s "Unfaithful" and "Let Me Love You" by Mario.

Source: OK, July 10, 2006, pg. 80

Thanks to CBB reader Tamika for the name correction.

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