In some news about love, Ashanti and Nelly, known for their rollercoaster romance since the early 2000s, are adding a new chapter to their tale. After a hiatus post-2013, the duo reignited the flames of passion this year. At Nelly’s Black and White Ball on Dec. 3, Ashanti, his special guest, took the stage, playfully placing her hands on her midriff. Nelly, joining in the gesture, sent shockwaves through the room, sparking speculation about a little addition to the dynamic duo. They’re having a baby.
All eyes are now on the “Ride Wit Me” rapper to “seal the deal,” as Polow da Don humorously phrased it. Nelly hinted at his readiness for parenthood when Ashanti gifted him an all-blue convertible for his 49th birthday last month. Responding to an Instagram follower’s demand for him to get Ashanti pregnant, he declared, “I’m on it.”
Their recent studio collaboration, featuring Jermaine Dupri and Juicy J, follows hits like “Good Good” and “Body on Me” from 2008. This musical reunion sets the stage for a new chart-topping track, as hinted in an Instagram post last week.
Having already curated a timeline of Nelly and Ashanti’s journey back to each other earlier this year, the spotlight is now on the new arrival. This marks Nelly’s third child, with a daughter, Chanelle Haynes, 29, and a son, Cornell Haynes III, 24, from his previous relationship with Channetta Valentine.
For Ashanti, who’s been manifesting pregnancy since last year, this moment signifies a new chapter. As she emphasized in a December interview with People, “But I have to make sure it’s with the right person. Trust me, there’s a lot of guys that want to be my baby daddy — and they’ve tried.”
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