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R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo is a father — a bit early! — as girlfriend Monyetta Shaw went into premature labor and delivered daughter Madilyn Grace Smith on Friday evening, Nov. 12, a rep for the singer confirms to PEOPLE.
“I’ve been in love before but this feels like nothing I’ve ever felt,” said Ne-Yo, 28, born Shaffer Chimere Smith. “Like I’m in love for the first time.”
The birth took place in an Atlanta hospital. Madilyn hadn’t been due until January.
Ne-Yo was at a charity event for his foundation when word reached him that Shaw had gone into an early labor. Even so, the new dad made it to the hospital to witness the birth.
Also due this month: Ne-Yo’s brand new album, Libra Scale, which hits stores Nov. 22.
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