Ronnie DeVoe is an American singer, rapper, and actor, perhaps best known as one of the members of the supergroups New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe.
Early life, family, and educational background
Ronnie Boyd DeVoe Jr. was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA, on 17 November 1967, to Ronald Boyd and Florence DeVoe, and grew up with four siblings named Roland, Robert, Tonya and Regina. His uncle is Brooke Payne, a known choreographer who brought him into the New Edition band. There are no additional details about his background and childhood experiences; He matriculated from Newton North High School.
Ronnie became a member of the R&B/pop group New Edition in the early 1980s – they signed with the Streetwise record company after appearing on a talent show, and their debut album was released in 1984, featuring their hit song “Cool it Now.” The album acquired Platinum status twice, by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), then released an album entitled “All for Love,” which was also certified Platinum, but subsequently disbanded in 1990, however, three years later, the founding members of New Edition released their album “Home Again,” which charted at number one in the US and Canada.; the band released a total of seven albums.
Bell Biv DeVoe
The same year that New Edition disbanded, Ronnie and two other ex-members Ricardo Bell and Michael Bivins, formed Bell Biv DeVoe, in the same genre, and released four albums. Ronnie still performs and makes music with his New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe bandmates.
In 1993, Ronnie won the ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for the most played song from a motion picture, for song “The Best Things in Life Are Free” from the film “Mo Money.” Ronnie also received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Soul Train Awards in 2012. Then in 2017, their show “The New Edition Story” won the Вlасkѕ Rееl Аwаrd fоr оutѕtаndіng Теlеvіѕіоn ѕеrіеѕ.
- In December 2018, Ronnie and Shamari released a song called “Love Comes Through.”
- Ronnie and his wife chose not to have children for the first 11 years of their marriage.
- In 2018, he appeared in the reality show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” with his wife, Shamari.
- The couple was featured in Essence Magazine and Ebony Magazine.
- He loves running, and has participated in several marathons.
Personal life: wife, children, open marriage, and tax issue
Ronnie married the lead vocalist of the group Blaque, Shamari Fears, on 10 March 2006. They have twin sons, Roman Elija and Ronal III, born in 2017. The couple settled down in Atlanta, where she owns and operates Zen Massage Center.
Who is Shamari Fears?
Shamari Jaqua Fears is an American singer-songwriter, dancer and actress, born in Detroit, Michigan, on 22 February 1980. Shamari grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, after her family moved there in the mid-1980s. Her singing style was influenced by the city’s rich musical culture, and by Mariah Carey. She matriculated from Southwest DeKalb High School and graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2013.
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Shamari was a member of the group named Intrigue, but it soon disbanded, and then she joined her high-school friend Natina Reed in Blaque. The group released two albums and established itself as one of the most promising emerging talent collaborations in the music industry. Shamari began to perform as a solo artist in 2005, and Blaque eventually disbanded in 2008, almost a decade after its formation. The group reunited in July 2012 and worked on a new album. However, after the passing of Reed in a traffic accident on 26 October 2012, she and Williams decided to disband soon after.
Aside from being a singer, Shamari has also showed her talent in acting, appearing in films such as “Bring it On” (2000) and “Honey” (2003).
She also had roles on television series, appeared in seven TV shows – her latest series is “Bet Presents: The Encore” in 2021.
Shamari claimed in Season 11 of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” that she and Ronnie had an open marriage in 2018, and she took the first move to begin this in their relationship, explaining that she was young when they met and married, and this type of marriage allows them to do anything they want and date anyone they choose.
She was able to date women, because at that time, she was “bi-curious,” but wasn’t allowed to date another man, as Ronnie’s condition. However, it caused them anguish and heartache due to dishonesty, which could have led to separation, so they ended the open marriage and went back to the normal life of a married couple.
According to media reports, the couple has owed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) more than $300,000 in back taxes accumulated since 2013; Ronnie revealed that payments are being made to the IRS, and he is not running away from it.
Ronnie has black hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft (1.83m), and he weighs around 170lbs (75kgs).
It’s estimated that Ronnie’s net worth is more than $15 million аѕ оf early 2022, еаrnеd frоm аlbum rеlеаѕеs, соnсеrtѕ, muѕіс tоurѕ, and also rеаl еѕtаtе. Не іѕ the co-founder and со-оwnеr оf DеVое Вrоkеr Аѕѕосіаtеѕ, a real estate firm, whісh is bаѕеd іn Аtlаntа, Gеоrgіа. Shamira’s net worth is approximately $4 million, coming from her work as an actress, and her business.