Monyetta Shaw and singer Ne-Yo ended their romantic relationship more than a year ago, and the “Atlanta Exes” star addressed rumors about their split.
Most fans found out that the two weren’t together, via an Instagram message that Ne-Yo posted at the 2013 BET Awards. He showed up on the red carpet with a woman other than Monyetta. The caption seemed to be a thoughtfully penned farewell.
However, on tonight’s season 1 premiere of “Atlanta Exes,” Monyetta describes a phone call between the couple that solidified their breakup.
Monyetta said it wasn’t just one conversation that led to the end of their love affair.
“We broke everything off two months before the infamous Instagram post,” Monyetta told Sister 2 Sister. “We talked about it and I told him, ‘I think it’s a great idea to just get your publicist, just come out with a statement. That will be the classy way to do it.’ For whatever reason, he chose to do it his way BET weekend and the world went crazy,” she said.
While the world found out via Instagram, Monyetta said Ne-Yo delivered the news to her over the phone.
“We broke up amongst ourselves, and it happened to be on the phone,” she said. “He did and it stung a little; however, he was at home the week after and we sat down and discussed everything. It wasn’t crazy, fussing and fighting type thing. We’re two adults, and we handle ourselves in that way. Yes, emotions were high. I didn’t see it coming, but people change.”
Monyetta said she appreciated Ne-Yo being honest with her and recognizing that he wasn’t ready for a monogamous relationship; although, she still doesn’t quite get it.
“All I know is marriage. My mom and dad, they’ve been together for 43 years. That’s all I know. I will say I was crushed by it, but hey, I do believe everything happens for a reason, and I’m moving through this thing,” explained Monyetta who still lives with Ne-Yo.
“Because he’s away more than he’s here, it’s not as painful and as hard, but in the beginning it was kind of difficult because all I saw was what we were,” she said.
Luckily, Monyetta has a support system that includes her co-stars who can completely relate to what she went through.
“All the ladies are pretty darn amazing,” she said about co-stars Tameka Raymond, Christina Johnson, Sheree Buchanan and Torrei Hart. “I have a tight relationship with mostly all the women on the show. They’re all amazing. They’re strong and beautiful women. It’s refreshing to have a bond with them. I’m the more recent breakup. They were able to help guide me through it because they knew what it looked like first hand.”
VH1 premieres two episodes of “Atlanta Exes” tonight, starting at 9 p.m. EST.
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