Shamari DeVoe is the newest cast member on Real Housewives of Atlanta, but just because she is a reality TV newbie, it doesn’t mean fans didn’t recognize her. DeVoe had a small role as a Clover in the cheerleading film Bring It On, and she was also a member of the female group Blaque. But fans are probably most familiar with Shamari’s husband, legendary R&B singer Ronnie DeVoe.
Ronnie was a member of both New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe, a group he formed with two former New Edition members, Michael Bivins and Ricky Bell. Over the past three decades, Ronnie has built a career that features 11 albums and countless hit singles, like Candy Girl and Poison.
DeVoe is also the co-owner of an Atlanta real estate agency called DeVoe Broker Associates, and he is currently working on a joint music venture with his wife called Me and Mari.
“It was always a dream of mine to own a full-service real estate company, and that dream turned into a reality in 2006 with DeVoe Broker Associates now doing business as DEVOE REAL ESTATE,” revealed the singer.
But, according to Romper, when the opportunity came along for Shamari to join the cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Ronnie wasn’t so sure about joining the popular Bravo series.
“At first he was just like, ‘Oh hell no!’ But we talk about things — that’s very important — so the more we talked about it, he just became more open [to it] and just began thinking about ways that we can share our story as marriage ambassadors. And then he was like, ‘OK. I’ll do it,’” revealed Shamari.
Ronnie and Shamari got married in 2006, and they have one-year-old twin sons named Ronnie III and Roman. Their solid relationship has turned them into self-proclaimed “marriage ambassadors,” which involves hosting events for couples and families to help them with the challenges they are facing.
Ultimately, it was Ronnie’s passion for marital outreach that convinced him RHOA was a good idea. And, with their marriage being such a major part of their personal and professional lives, viewers can expect to see a lot the couple together this season.
Even though family is a major focus for both Ronnie and Shamari, music is still a big part of both of their lives. Ronnie still performs with both Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition, and it is possible that Shamari could return to singing at some point.
She recently posted a pic on Instagram alongside former Blaque bandmate Brandi Williams, and they recently threw a 90s party for charity to honor their third member, Natina Reed, who passed away in 2012 after being hit by a car.
Blaque was an active group in the late 90s and early 00s with hits like 808, Bring It All To Me, and I Do.
Catch Shamari DeVoe in new episodes of Real Housewives of Atlanta Sunday nights on Bravo.