NE-YO took a break because he felt “underappreciated”.
The ‘She Knows’ singer has been on hiatus for two years as he felt he needed more recognition for his pioneering sound and was happy to see people still “cared” while he was out of the spotlight.
Asked for the reasons behind his hiatus, he said, “You want to give people the chance to miss you, especially if you’re in a place where you feel underappreciated, which I gotta say is something I dealt with.
“Because I’m not this super-boisterous guy who runs around telling people [what I’ve done], people forget.
“Before ‘Closer’, there was no R&B cats doing EDM or dance music, it just wasn’t happening, ‘Closer’ was the first one.
“I didn’t get any credit for that, I’m not crying or complaining but when you don’t feel like people are paying attention in the way they should, you go away to see if they care – and people cared, so I’m back.” – BANG!