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Smokey Robinson Opens Up About Affair with Diana Ross: ‘It Lasted Longer Than It Should Have’ Amidst Marriage

January 18, 2023 | By Kali Girl

In a recent interview with Vlad TV, Motown legend Smokey Robinson opened up about a past extramarital affair with music icon Diana Ross, reports Atlanta Black Star. The “Just To See Her” singer shared that he first met Ross as a 12-year-old boy, living just four doors down from him in their neighborhood. Though Ross eventually moved to the Brewster projects, she later contacted Robinson when she formed her own singing group and sought to be signed to Motown Records.

“After we started [at] Motown, she called me one day and she said, ‘Smoke, I got this group, you know, and uh, I want you to hear us so you can sign us up at Motown,” he said. “So I said, okay.’ I didn’t know she was a singer until then.”

In her new memoir, legendary singer and songwriter Diana Ross drops a bombshell revelation: she and music icon Smokey Robinson once had a romance. The revelation, which was first noted by DJ Vlad, prompted Robinson to confirm the truth of Ross’s claims.

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“Well, it lasted, uh, probably longer than it should ’cause I was married at the time,” he recalled. “Yeah, that happened later. After I got married. You know, after I got signed up at Motown, that’s when that started.”

But there’s more to the story than just a simple romance. At the time of their relationship, Robinson was married to his first wife, Claudette Rogers Robinson, a member of his group The Miracles. The couple had tied the knot in 1959 and had two children together before their eventual divorce in 1986.

Smokey Robinson, now 82, has been married twice. He is currently happily wed to Frances Glandney, 52, the pair have been together since 2002.

In spite of the past, Robinson and Ross have managed to maintain a friendship.

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