Smokey Robinson is out here sharing the details of his HeauxFax Report and he’s spilling Diana Ross‘ tea.
The 83-year-old legendary Motown singer and songwriter claims that the former Supreme carried on an affair for “about a year” while he was married to his first wife, Claudette Rogers.
Smokey told The Guardian that the affair happened organically and it was “beautiful.”
I was married at the time. [Ross and I] were working together and it just happened. But it was beautiful.
She’s a beautiful lady, and I love her right til today. She’s one of my closest people. She was young and trying to get her career together.
I was trying to help her. I brought her to Motown, in fact. I wasn’t going after her and she wasn’t going after me. It just happened.
Smokey Robinson went on to share that it was Diana Ross who called off the affair.
After we’d been seeing each other for a while, Diana said to me she couldn’t do that because she knew Claudette, and she knew I still loved my wife. And I did. I loved my wife very much.
The “Tears of a Clown” singer did say that his love affair with Diana Ross taught him that it is very possible to be in love with more than one person at the same time.
You asked me what happened when we get older, and we get wisdom in life. I learned that we are capable of loving more than one person at the same time. And it has been made taboo by us. By people.
It’s not because one person isn’t worthy or they don’t live up to what you expect – it has to do with feelings.
If we could control love, nobody would love anybody. Nobody would take that chance.
Why would you put your heart out there for somebody to be able to hurt you like that and make you able to have those feelings?
Smokey Robinson was all about spreading the love.
He was married to Claudette Rogers from 1959 to 1986.
Smokey married his second wife, Frances Glandney, in 2002.
Diana Ross was married to Robert Ellis Silberstein from 1971 to 1977 and Arne Naess Jr. from 1985 to 2000.
About Smokey Robinson
Smokey is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of Motown Records.
The Detroit, Michigan native started his music career in the late 1950s as a member of the group, The Miracles.
Their hit records included “Shop Around,” “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me,” and “The Tracks of My Tears.”
Smokey Robinson went on to have a wildly successful solo career that spanned over two decades with hits like “Cruisin’,” “Being With You,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “I Second That Emotion,” and “Just To See Her.”
His new album, GASMS, is now available everywhere.
Visit The Guardian to read Smokey Robinson’s full interview.