Nelly And Ashanti Confirm Engagement, Disclose They're Expecting First Child

Nelly And Ashanti Confirm Engagement, Disclose They're Expecting First Child

  • US musicians Nelly and Ashanti have disclosed that they will soon have their first child together
  • Ashanti shared the news through a creative video on Instagram and further revealed that she and Nelly are engaged
  • The pair have known each other for more than two decades, although they split up in 2013 and reconnected in 2023

American musicians Nelly and Ashanti have announced that they are expecting their first child together.

Nelly and Ashanti pose for photos in the left and right frames.
Ashanti revealed that she and Nelly are engaged and expecting their first child. Photo: Paras Griffin/ Getty Images, Prince Williams/ Getty Images.
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How did Ashanti announce her pregnancy?

43-year-old Ashanti shared the news on her Instagram through a creative video.

In the clip, she’s seen in a dressing room, prepping for a stage performance.

Her mother, Tina Douglas, checks in on her, inquiring how much time she needs to get ready.

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The singer reveals a pregnancy test and playfully states she’ll need “about nine months.”

The R&B songstress further confirmed the delightful news in the clip's caption.

She wrote:

"Baby baby baby baby."

Are Nelly and Ashanti a couple?

In an interview with Essence, Ashanti disclosed that she is not only pregnant but also engaged to rapper Nelly.

“This new year of my life is such a blessing full of love, hope, and anticipation. Motherhood is something that I have looked forward to, and sharing this with my family, fiancé, and loyal fans, who have been so supportive of my career, is an amazing experience," she said.

While this is the couple’s first child, Nelly has four other children.

His family includes his biological children, Chanelle, 29, and Cornell Haynes III, 24, as well as his niece and nephew, Shawn and Sydney Thomas, whom he adopted following his sister’s passing.

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How long have Nelly and Ashanti dated?

The couple started dating in 2003. However, they broke up in 2013 and only rekindled their romance in 2023.

The 49-year-old rapper confirmed they had gotten back together in an interview with Love and Hip Hop‘s Rasheeda and Kirk Frost.

“I think we both were pretty much doing what we do, but sometimes, being separate, you understand one another more. You be like, ‘Yo, let me see exactly what they see.’ You know, because we all can be defensive sometimes in our own relationships. We know we wrong but we going to stand on it. But we all a victim to that," he said, explaining their long break.

Halle Bailey announces birth of son

Earlier this year, US actress Halle Bailey announced the birth of her first child with her boyfriend, rapper DDG, aka Darryl Dwayne Granberry Jr.

The Little Mermaid star had her fans on edge for the better part of 2023, with rumours that she was pregnant.

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This was compounded by the fact that she suddenly switched to wearing baggy clothes instead of her usual body-fitting outfits.

However, Halle did not address the rumours until she put to bed.


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