Not every relationship needs to break up because of minor differences. Sometimes when something is broken, you ought to try and fix it rather than throwing it away.
Ronnie DeVoe and Shamari Fears learned this life lesson the hard way. However, it was worth it in the end as they ended up loving each other more than they had ever done.
If it was not for a certain aid from a rather effective counseling group, the DeVoe duo might not be together today.
Ronnie DeVoe's Married Life
Ronnie DeVoe is married to his beautiful wife Shamari Fears. The couple tied the knot in March 2006. Shamari is well renowned as the lead singer of the girl bland Blaque which enjoyed peak success in the 1990s.
In February 2018, the couple announced they were expecting a child, later revealing they were set to welcome twins. The pair documented the pregnancy on Instagram where they also shared the excitement when they heard the unborn twins' heartbeat for the first time.
The couple is blessed with two children, adorable twins who were born on the 14th of July 2017. Amazingly, the twins who are spitting image of their dad have their own Instagram account.
The family expressed their joy on Instagram. They wrote:
“Hi world, #HappyNovember! Our Mommy and Daddy are super excited about November 17th! Can you guess what day that is…?”
On 14th July 2018, Shamari took to Instagram to celebrate the first birthday of their kids.
The entire family of four look absolutely adorable together. It remains to be seen if and when this lovely duo decide to add further bundles of joy to their family.
Ronnie DeVoe And Shamari Fears Promoted Married 4 Life
In April 2018, Ronnie and Shamari took a walk hand in hand with 300 other couples to Kennesaw Mountain National Park.
It was a 2-mile Married 4 Life Walk, a coaching and counseling sessions/exercises, which aimed to strengthen the bond of married couples.
Things weren't always rosy for the DeVoe couple. After nearly a decade the pair found themselves in a difficult place unable to find any resolution for the problems they faced.
During the winter of 2014, while collaborating on an album, cracks began to appear in the relationship again.
"He wasn’t listening to me. He was having meetings without me. I felt like I didn’t have a voice."
She soon moved out. Later Shamari visited the wife of one of her husband's bandmates, Amy Bell.
Bell regularly took her to church, gave her a Bible and books about marriage. This began changing Fears' mindset. She said:
"I realized I needed to honor our marriage vows."
Fears realized she couldn't do it alone, so she returned to Atlanta and convinced her husband to see a marriage coach.
Gradually, the Devoes' perspective about marriage started to change for the better.
Marriage counsellers, the Laytons walked them through their Marriage Enrichment Program. This included weekly assignments focused on improving all aspects of the marriage relationship.
Moreover, the Laytons helped them to reconnect spiritually with each other by helping them to create daily marital affirmations and marriage-focused prayers.
Martez Layton said:
"They were both busy, but they put in a lot of work. We first met them in January. By March, they were like a resurrected couple. They were really in a good place."
Subsequently, on 10th March 2016, the couple renewed their vows on their 10th wedding anniversary.
The couple agreed to co-host the Laytons' annual Married 4 Life Walk in April 2018. Devoe believed simple gestures such as holding hands and walking together helps to strengthen the bond.
"Knowing what we had gone through and being able to break through the challenges, we saw this as an opportunity to shine a light on their vision. We felt like it should be part of our mission."
After seeing the Laytons, the couple claims they learned the hard way the fact that marriage isn't rosy all the time. Ronnie believes if a couple sticks together, there will be blessings on the other side.
Ronnie DeVoe: Quick Facts
- Born on 17th November 1967 in Boston, Massachusetts.
- His birth sign is Scorpio.
- His parents are Flo DeVoe and Ronald Boyd DeVoe.
- He has four siblings, twin brothers named Roland DeVoe and Robert DeVoe, and two sisters named Regina DeVoe and Tonya DeVoe.
- He is a singer known for R&B, soul and hip-hop groups.
- He is one of the members of the groups New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe.
- He was the second last member to join New Edition.
- He put together his own band, Bell Biv DeVoe, formed with his fellow New Edition bandmates Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins.
- His group New Edition was one of the most popular boy bands in the 1980s.
- His other group Bell Biv DeVoe sold millions of copies in the 90s with numerous hit singles.
- He co-owned De Broker Associates, the Atlanta real estate agency.
- His net worth is estimated to be $1 million.