Ashanti & Nelly Confirm They Are Expecting Their First Child

By Tony M. Centeno

December 4, 2023

Ashanti & Nelly
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Ashanti and Nelly are reportedly welcoming their first child.

On Monday, December 4, the couple confirmed the R&B singer is pregnant. Fans began to wonder about the couple after they appeared to let the cat out of the bag during Nelly's Black & White Charity Ball last night in St. Louis. In a statement to UsWeekly, a source close to the couple says that the artists will bring a child into the world next year not long after they officially got back together.

“Nelly and Ashanti are welcoming their first baby together,” a source exclusively told the outlet.

The couple first got together in 2003 and dated for over a decade until they broke up in 2013. They reunited during Fat Joe and Ja Rule's Verzuz battle back in 2021 and have been rekindling their romance behind the scenes ever since. Fans began to suspect that they were back together after they were spotted out together on several occasions.

They both confirmed that they were back together in separate interviews. Ashanti made it official when she appeared on the red carpet of the 2023 MTV Video Awards in September with a purse that had a photo of them together on it. Meanwhile, Nelly confirmed their relationship was back on during an episode of Rasheeda's "Boss Moves."

“Yeah, we cool again,” Nelly said. “I think it surprised both of us though. It wasn’t anything that I don’t think was planned.”

This will be Ashanti's first child. Nelly has two grown children, 29-year-old daughter Chanelle and 24-year-old Cornell Haynes III, from his previous relationship with Channetta Valentine. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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