Ne-Yo’s Former Flame, Sade Bagnerise, Seeks Custody and Support for Their Children

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Sade Bagnerise, the ex-girlfriend of popular artist Ne-Yo, recently went to court to demand primary physical custody and child support payments for their two children, Braiden and Brixton. Radar’s investigation into the court records revealed that Sade wanted shared legal custody but wanted the children to mostly live with her.

Sade and Ne-Yo have settled on a shared legal custody arrangement, according to the court papers. Sade, though, would prefer that Braiden and Brixton spend most of their time with her. According to the court papers, Ne-Yo would get visitation rights every other weekend and on alternate holidays.

Immediate Child Support and Reimbursements

Sade said in her petition that she needs child support right once, in addition to reimbursements for a significant chunk of the kids’ medical, dental, orthodontic, and other expenditures. Ne-Yo’s paternity of their underage children was established beyond a reasonable doubt by the filing.

DNA Test Request and Ne-Yo’s Demands

Reportedly, Ne-Yo has just requested a DNA test to prove the paternity of one of Sade’s kids. Ne-Yo is the father of Braiden, but he wanted to know whether he was also the father of Brixton. In addition, Ne-Yo wanted Braiden to adopt his surname, Smith, instead of Bagnernise. The singer has requested shared physical custody and a “liberal parenting time schedule” with the other parent.

Continued Custody Battles for Ne-Yo

Ne-Yo has had a rough few months, and this custody fight isn’t the first he’s faced. The “So Sick” singer and his ex-wife, Crystal Renay, finalized their divorce earlier this year and entered into a settlement agreement. To resolve the case, Ne-Yo gave Crystal $2 million, one of his Georgia houses, $20,000 for moving costs, and $150,000 to put toward the purchase of a high-end vehicle.

Child Support and Alimony Agreements

Ne-Yo agreed to pay $12,000 monthly in child support for their three children, Shaffer Jr., Roman, and Isabella, as part of the deal. In addition, for the next three years, he will pay alimony in the amount of $5,000 monthly.


Sade Bagnerise is filing for primary physical custody and child support, putting him in the middle of yet another custody dispute over their children. This comes after Ne-Yo asked for a DNA test to establish paternity for one of the kids. Ne-Yo’s new chapter of parenting duties comes on the heels of his previous experience with a custody dispute.

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