Ne-Yo Won’t Announce He’s Gay

NeyoAt least not in the upcoming issue of Essence magazine.

The R&B singer’s publicist just issued a statement intended to squelch rumors that Ne-Yo, aka Shaffer Chimere Smith, was about to pull a Lance Bass. The statement came after emails began circulating on the internet featuring quotes from the purported Barbra Stradoff-penned article.

Said a Def Jam rep: “There’s isn’t a staff member by that name at Essence, nor is Ne-Yo going to be featured in the October issue of the magazine.”