Ne-Yo Welcomes Baby Girl

Singer's girlfriend gave birth to daughter Madilyn Grace Smith Friday night.

Just before his latest album Libra Scale drops, [artist id="2002414"]Ne-Yo[/artist] has welcomed another new arrival. The singer's girlfriend gave birth to a baby girl Friday night, and the proud papa took to Twitter Saturday (November 13) to gush about the news.

"As my life transforms due to the new life that sprung up on me last night, it's good to know my folks support. Luv y'all," the singer/songwriter wrote to Twitter followers who piled on the e-love after hearing about his daughter's birth.

A rep for the singer confirmed to MTV News that the couple welcomed a girl named Madilyn Grace Smith Friday night. The crooner also expressed the joy he feels as a new father.

"Much luv to my twit fam and everybody showin' luv to my new addition!! She's healthy and happy. Feels like I'm in luv for the first time," he wrote. "Welcoming that lil' girl to the world last night defined for me what 'willing to kill and die for' truly means. My world, my life, all hers."

The amped superstar added, "Brand new baby, brand new album. Life is GOOD!!!! Nov. 22nd, around the corner!!!"

According to People, Georgia radio stations reported Ne-Yo's girlfriend, Monyetta Shaw, went into labor early in the city while the singer attended a charity event. The singer rushed to his lady's side to welcome their daughter, who was originally due in January.

The hitmaker revealed to Ebony magazine over the summer that he was "very, very, very excited" to have his first child on the way. While he has just welcomed his first baby, this is not the singer's first experience with fatherhood. Ne-Yo initially believed he was the father of toddler named Chimere but later learned the child was not biologically his.

However, in a 2008 interview with USA Today, the singer maintained he was ready to have kids, and hinted he would be a very protective dad to a young girl.

"When the first guy comes to my door asking for my daughter, I might end up going to jail," he said. "I just don't know how I'll handle that."

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