The `Beautiful Monster` singer - who became a father to daughter Madilyn Grace earlier this month -will never marry a woman who relies on him for money.
He explained: "I don`t want someone who`s with me because she needs help paying the rent. My mum worked six jobs to make sure we never needed anything so that`s the kind of woman I`ll marry."
Although Monyetta Shaw gave birth to the star`s daughter, Ne-Yo - whose real name is Shaffer Smith - insists she is not his girlfriend and says he has very clear ideas on the type of woman he wants to be with.
He said: "I love a woman who laughs and can make me laugh. I rarely give my number out because most women don`t care who Shaffer is. If you don`t care about the real me should I waste time with you?"
Ne-Yo added he wishes he had found love before he hit the big time because as he finds it hard to trust women.
He told Company magazine: "I`ve been caught out more times that I`m proud of. I applaud guys who found the one before fame. After the money, cars and jewellery, it`s difficult to figure out who`s there for you and who`s there for the bank account."