Brandy On Her Sham Marriage to Robert Smith

New Jersey band the Looking Glass had a hit song in the early ’70s called “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl),” with its chorus imploring, “What a good wife you would be.”

Alas, R&B music producer Robert Smith never got to find out what a good wife Brandy Norwood, the mother of his child, would be.

He and Brandy did, however, pretend to the media that they were sharing wedded bliss.

Twenty-nine-year-old Brandy has opened up to Us about why, four months before she gave birth to daughter Sy’rai (now 6), she falsely announced in 2002 that she’d wed Smith secretly the year prior.

“I lied because of the fear of what people would think and the pressure to be a good role model,” says Brandy. “Our relationship was very real, we just weren’t legally married.”

The two split in 2003. Three years later, Brandy was involved in a multi-car collision on L.A.’s 101 freeway, which left a 38-year-old woman dead.

“It was a very tough time, and I still have never talked about it with Sy’rai,” says the singer. “I had to be a mother and stay strong for her. I’d cry when she’d go to sleep so she wouldn’t see me like that—I had a responsibility to her.”

No charges were filed against Brandy, but she’s facing a $50 million civil suit filed by the family of the deceased woman.

While a teen, Brandy was cast as the title character in the hit UPN series Moesha (which also starred Kevin Federline’s ex, Shar Jackson). It aired on the network for six seasons, from 1996 to 2001.

Norwood, who went by her first name throughout her singing career, also racked up numerous Top 10 singles throughout the decade, including “Sittin’ Up In My Room” and the #1-charting hits “The Boy Is Mine” and “Have You Ever?”

In recent weeks Brandy has been rumored to be dating Tyrese Gibson.