Ashanti is expecting her first child, a joyous development in her life, following the revival of her romantic involvement with Nelly aka Cornell Iral Haynes Jr earlier this year, as verified by Us Weekly.
Ashanti and Nelly’s Relationship History
The couple’s romantic journey, which began in 2003 and experienced intermittent periods until 2013, reignited this year, marked by their intimate interaction at a recent event.
Their initial acquaintance traces back to a press conference at the Grammy Awards, with their relationship reigniting amidst speculation in April when they were spotted hand-in-hand at a Las Vegas boxing event.
Ashanti’s Pregnancy Announcement
Speculation about Ashanti’s pregnancy emerged during a significant event in St. Louis, where she and Nelly both subtly indicated their expectant status.
A fan-captured video, later shared by TMZ, showed the couple playfully acknowledging their family expansion, with both placing hands on Ashanti’s stomach, leading to shared laughter.
Nelly’s Previous Relationships and Family
Nelly, aged 49, is already a father to two from his previous relationship with Channetta Valentine – a daughter named Chanelle, 29, and a son, Cornell Haynes III, 24. This new addition with Ashanti marks a new chapter in his personal life.
Ashanti and Nelly’s Reconciliation
Their unexpected reunion, after nearly a decade apart, caught both Ashanti and Nelly by surprise. In a candid segment on Philo TV’s “Boss Moves with Rasheeda,” Nelly expressed his astonishment at their rekindling, emphasizing its unplanned nature.
A source close to them revealed to Us Weekly that Ashanti had not foreseen this reconciliation, highlighting the unpredictability of their relationship’s revival.
Recent Developments in Their Relationship
The couple has been openly celebrating their rekindled love, evident in their social media exchanges and public displays of affection.
In October, Nelly publicly declared his admiration for Ashanti on her birthday, sharing heartfelt sentiments and images of their moments together.
Ashanti reciprocated this gesture the following month, surprising Nelly with a car for his birthday – a meticulously planned surprise that deeply moved him, as shared by a source to Us Weekly.
Plans for the Future
The couple’s journey towards parenthood was further hinted at by Nelly’s playful interaction with a fan on social media.
Responding to a comment about having a child with Ashanti, Nelly’s reply, “I’m on it,” showcased his enthusiasm and readiness for this new chapter in their lives.