Madilyn Grace Smith is one of the many celebrity children in Hollywood. We know Hollywood is the home of celebrities, and that bloodline continues to kids, nieces, grandkids, and so on. Everyone who has been in contact with a celebrity is a celebrity as well.
Madilyn Smith is the famous daughter of American actress Monyetta Shaw and her former fiancé, American singer Ne-Yo.
Who is her famous father?
When you talk about a celebrity kid, you have to mention his famous parent. And in this case, NeYo is the one that contributes to the fame of Madilyn.
Born Shaffer Chimere Smith in October 1979, he is better known as NeYo. He is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, and record producer. American singer NeYo gained fame for his songwriting abilities after he wrote Mario’s hit Let Me Love You in 2004. He then continued with his solo career.
Born in Camden, Arkansas, his father is of African American and Chinese descent, while his mother is of African American descent. Here is a fun fact. Both his parents were musicians, and he was raised by his mother as a young child. The family separated, and his mother moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.
There, he was attending Las Vegas Academy, where he adopted the stage name GoGo and joined an R&B group called Envy. They appeared on amateur night on Showtime at the Apollo, and on the MTV series The Cut.
In 2000, the group disbanded, but Smith continued to write songs for other artists. His name NeYo was coined by Big D Evans, a producer who worked with Smith.
After the group disbanded, he signed with Columbia Records, but they dropped him before he released the first album. For the next two years, he continued writing songs for various artists, including Mary J Blige, B2K, Faith Evans, Christina Milian, and many more.
But the big hit came in 2004 when he wrote Let Me Love You for Mario. That song reached No.1 and stayed there for nine weeks.
In 2005, he released his debut single, Stay, featuring Peedi Peedi. That song reached moderate success, but it served as a good appetizer for his debut album, In My Own Words. The album, released in 2006, was critically and commercially successful, reaching No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.
Yet, it was his second album, titled Because of You, that brought him international success. With that album, released in 2007, he received his first Grammy Award.
The next year, he released the third studio album, Year of the Gentlemen, with singles like Closer and Miss Independent. Both these songs received a Grammy Award nomination.
On the strength of his singles like Closer, the album sold more than 250,000 copies in the first week of its release.
To this date, Ne-Yo has sold more than 29 million albums and singles in the United States. His music is generally R&B, but he also adds elements of pop and hip hop in his songs. Speaking of his musical influence, NeYo cites Michael Jackson, Babyface, Blackstreet, and Usher. He is noted for his tenor voice and his application of falsetto in his works.
Now let’s talk about his daughter, Madilyn Grace Smith. She is his first child. In 2005, his girlfriend at the time, Jessica White, gave birth to a boy. But he later discovered that was not his child.
So, when in November 2010, he and his girlfriend at the time, Monyetta Shaw, welcomed their daughter, he was ecstatic. Madilyn was born prematurely. Announcing her birth, NeYo said, “I’ve been in love before but this feels like nothing I’ve ever felt. Like I am in love for the first time”.
In October 2011, the couple welcomed their second child, a boy.
Madilyn was born in November 2010, in Atlanta, Georgia. Sadly, her parents divorced when she was a young child. She has a younger brother called Mason Evin Smith. She also has two half-siblings, Roman Alexander Raj Smith, and Shaffer Chimere Smith Jr.
Grace is of African American descent. Her mother is also a famous celebrity. Founder of The Evan Grace Group, she is an actress, author, business leader, and philanthropist.
A creative child.
Madilyn is a creative child, and one might say she is following in her father’s footsteps. In one interview, NeYo said, “My kids are naturally creative and I think it’s super cool that they have these outlets now. They’re always making up stories and making little movies with the iPad and they all love music”.
Madilyn was also the inspiration behind the children’s book her mother wrote, The Adventures of Maddie: Meet Maddie. The book was published in January 2021.
What happened between her parents?
Ne-Yo and Monyetta met in 2009, during a Jamie Foxx concert. They got engaged a year later and remained together for several years.
Yet, two months before their big wedding, they called it quiet. According to sources, NeYo ended the relationship over the phone, which blindsided his fiancé.
One year after they split, he began dating Crystal Renay to the dismay of many fans who accused him of leaving his fiancé for Crystal.
The biggest controversy between NeYo and his former fiancé is whether he forced her to get sterilized. On her part, she never accused him of forcing her to have her tubes tied. However, many fans think otherwise.
In one interview with New York Post, Monyetta revealed, “Sterilization was something Ne-Yo and I discussed thoroughly in the months leading up to the baby’s delivery. We had a daughter, Madilyn, in 2010, and two children seemed like more than enough for both of us. He agreed to undergo a vasectomy to show our mutual commitment to the relationship”.
She continued saying, “I was so busy caring for two young children, I just assumed Ne-Yo had followed through and had gotten the vasectomy. I trusted him so much that it never even crossed my mind that he hadn’t gone through with it.”
Monyetta also spoke about her former fiance’s next relationship, “It hurts to see them parade their love on social media. They recently married, on February 20, and Crystal gave birth to their first son. She seems like a nice girl, but I would be worried if I were she. How does she know that he’s not going to do the same thing to her that he did to me?”
Several years later, NeYo set the record split. He said, “In the name of clearing up confusion, let me go ahead and do it. Right, no I did not force anybody to tie or burn no tubes, that’s not how it happened, okay. We had a girl first, then we had a boy, when we found out it was a boy, we was high-fiving in the doctor’s office. Yeah, we done!”
He continued explaining, “The doctor asked while I’m down here should I take care of these tubes, she looked at me, I looked at her. She did this, I did this (this meaning shrugging their shoulders), she said go ahead. What I’m supposed to do? What am I gonna do? I can’t force people to do anything. I’m not the person that imposes my will on no-body and that was not the case there.”
He set the record saying he didn’t force her to tie her tubes.
Is she on social media?
Madilyn Grace Smith is 12 years old as of August 2023. She is legally allowed to have a social media account, but she doesn’t have a profile yet. Her father, on the other hand, is quite popular on Instagram where he has a profile with more than 4 million followers.
Her mother is also active on social media. Monyetta has a profile with more than 640k followers.
Being a young girl, Madilyn Grace Smith has yet to enter her teenage years. With that in mind, she has yet to finish high school and begin her higher education path. There is no info on any potential projects or works.
Her father, with a net worth of more than $9 million, can provide in the meantime. He earned his money by writing music for other artists, his music, investing in tech, and philanthropy.