AUTHOR and reality TV show star Monyetta Shaw and Ne-Yo met at a Jamie Foxx concert in 2009.
Ne-Yo proposed in 2010 during a trip to the Dominican Republic, but their relationship ended abruptly in 2013, only two months before their wedding.
Who is Monyetta Shaw?
Monyetta Shaw, 42, is an actress and author from Shreveport, Louisiana who started off her career as a co-host on the No. 1 R&B radio station in the area.
It was while she performed in school and Church plays that Shaw discovered her love of acting.
The experience encouraged her to pursue an acting career after graduating from the Shreveport campus at Southern University and Louisiana Tech University.
Soon after, she scored a role in the 2008 film, Soul Men, but her roles since then have been sporadic with her last role taking place in the 2020 film, All That Matters.
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However, her acting accolades have increased for 2022 with the release of the film I Wish I Had Never Met You and her upcoming project, Marcel.
Shaw has also appeared on the reality television show The Dish, and following her breakup with Ne-Yo in 2010, Shaw received a call from VH1 producers asking her if she would join the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA).
How many kids does Moynetta Shaw have?
Shaw found out she was pregnant with her first child in 2010, a year after she started dating the R&B singer Ne-Yo.
Learning she was pregnant didn't come as a complete surprise, Shaw told the New York Post.
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"… We weren’t using protection, and we knew instantly that this child was a gift from God," she said.
After the birth of their child, Shaw said she fell more in love with Ne-Yo and in 2010, Ne-Yo proposed at Fabolous' birthday party in the Dominican Republic.
"We were in a suite, and he told everybody to be quiet," she said.
"He pulled my hand, dropped down to one knee, and I immediately started crying. He incorporated the lyrics from his song Make Me Better and pulled out a 10-carat diamond ring."
Their relationship started to fall apart in 2011 when Shaw found out she was pregnant with their second child.
This time, she was on her own more often, living in Atlanta, Georgia, while Ne-Yo was working in Los Angeles.
"I told him, 'Our family should be in LA with you,' but he was adamant that his family grow up in Atlanta," Shaw said.
When it came time to give birth to their son, Mason, Shaw said Ne-Yo was in the hospital room with her and gave her a high five when their baby was born.
Immediately following Mason's birth, Shaw told the doctors she wanted them to burn her fallopian tubes.
It was a decision she said she and Ne-Yo had made in the months leading up to her due date.
They agreed that Ne-Yo would get a vasectomy as well to show their sole commitment to each other.
However, two months before their impending wedding, in June 2013, Ne-Yo called to tell Shaw that he didn't want to be in a monogamous relationship anymore.
Shortly after, Shaw saw Ne-Yo had entered a relationship with Crystal Renay and learned he had never gone through with the vasectomy as he had allegedly promised.
It is a decision that Shaw says is her biggest regret.
"Now I look back and wonder what I was thinking," she said. "I love hard, and I made so many permanent decisions based on what I thought a man wanted from me, not what I wanted for myself.
"When my daughter comes of age, I will tell her: 'Your body is your temple. Don’t do anything to it you don’t want to regret.'”
Is Moynetta Shaw married?
In a star-studded event in November 2021, Shaw married Heath Carter at The Biltmore in Atlanta.
Carter is the CEO of several companies but it was his dedication to his children that drew Shaw to him.
She said that despite his busy schedule, Carter would always make time for his kids.
"I would literally see him rearrange his schedules, have huge deals on the table, and he’s like, ‘No, I have to go see my daughter, and I have to make sure this is done.’
"That honestly, was one of the main things that made me be like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Just the love that he had for his children, first and foremost," she said on Us Weekly’s “Hot Hollywood” podcast.
Shaw said her connection to Carter was immediate and the post-marriage bliss has continued.
"I’m enjoying married life thoroughly. I really am," she told Essence. We were together some years before but it’s nice to be married and just have that connection and [say] 'This is my husband, I’m your wife.'”
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