Another baby on the way for Ne-Yo — he and Monyetta Shaw are expecting their second child together this fall.
“[Fatherhood] has been a ride, but I’m loving every minute of it,” says the singer-songwriter, 31, who’s already dad to daughter Madilyn Grace, 10 months.
In his hit song “Miss Independent,” Ne-Yo makes it clear that a woman must be able to stand on her own, so it only makes sense that his little girl would be her own person.
“[Maddie]‘s been trying to walk since she was two months old,” he tells PEOPLE at his annual Compound Foundation benefit, held Wednesday in Denise Rich’s Manhattan home.
“She’ll grab your hands and pull herself up and do a little wobble dance. She likes scooting along the wall. She moves really fast.”
Independence doesn’t come without a cost, however.
“She definitely knows her worth — which is a beautiful thing. That’s something I’ve tried to instill in her from day one: understand that you are a Godsend,” explains Ne-Yo. “You’re an absolute angel and people are supposed to treat you that way. She’s extremely diva even at 10 months.