Sorry Apple and Blue Ivy! Not all celebrities follow the trend of picking wild and crazy names for their little ones. For example, R&B diva Ne-Yo, who thoughtfully selected “a very strong, very stout name,” for his second child, son Mason Evan:
“We needed him to have a name that felt like a gentleman, like somebody you have to respect,” the singer tells PEOPLE Wednesday at New York’s Liberty Theater, where he launched Malibu Red at a private concert.
“Mason Evan Smith, you have to respect that name.”
And while, he’s a bit picky when selecting his kid’s names, don’t expect the musician to be a stage dad.
“I’m not going to be that dude that predestines my children’s future,” he says. “I’m just going to do my best so that my daughter doesn’t end up on a pole and my son doesn’t end up on the corner. And whatever they do outside of that is pretty much their decision.”
Admittedly, it’s difficult to work full-time with two tots at home. In addition to 5-month-old Mason, he and Monyetta Shaw are also parents to daughter Madilyn Grace, 16 months.
Well, we all know Ne-Yo and his baby mama love stopping by the strip club every once in a while, at least now they’ll never have to worry about seeing their daughter popping that p on the pole.
Good parenting, Shaffer Chimere and Monyetta!