Like Father, Like Son…Introducing The Son Most Never Knew Smokey Robinson Had

Posted On : July 10, 2019

Why Claudette & Smokey Robinson Divorced

So, what could have possibly led to a massive divorce after 27 years of what appeared to be a happy marriage? Well apparently, Smokey admitted in his book that he’d had an affair. However, that’s not all. He’d gotten his mistress pregnant with his second son and after that, Claudette had it up to HERE and was like ‘Peace out Smokey!’ Smokey’s son, Trey Robinson, was born in 1984 shortly before Smokey’s 1985 divorce battle with Claudette.

HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 20: (L-R): Members of the musicall group The Miracles: Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore, Claudette Robinson and Bobby Rogers attend the ceremony honoring them with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 20, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
(L-R): The Miracles: Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore, Claudette Robinson and Bobby Rogers attend their Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony; 2009. (Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

Although Smokey expressed extreme remorse and made no excuses for his actions, he also did not turn his back on his third child. He took care of his responsibilities and despite the divorce, and Smokey still has a relationship with ALL three of his children to this day. He’s also remarried.

Wow!!! She Got Millions!

Smokey made headlines after his bombshell secret was made public. ‘Mr. Tears of a Clown’ had betrayed his wife and that led to divorce, but Claudette definitely didn’t walk away empty-handed. In fact, Claudette managed to win half the rights to all of the songs Smokey wrote from November 1958 to May 1985. Those rights equaled half of his whopping $275 million estate.

After 27 years of marriage, and records like “Shop Around,” “Ooh Baby Baby,” “Tracks Of My Tears,” solo classics “Cruisin’, “Being With You,” “Sweet Harmony” and the Temptations’ “My Girl” now partially belong to Claudette due to legal technicalities. Even after 30+ years apart, Smokey’s still been paying for the divorce.