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Ashanti “Verzuz” Reconciliation Rumors With Nelly



Ashanti and Nelly reconciliation rumors are flying. Photo by Steve Mack / Getty Images

The “Verzuz” community were on the edge of their seats as singer Ashanti stole the show at Fat Joe and Ja Rule’s battle on Tuesday. As the New York heavyweights went hit for hit in their long awaited music battle,  fans couldn’t help but notice rapper Nelly watching in awe of Ashanti.  A video surfaced that showed the two sharing a brief hug and speculation of a reconciliation began to swarm the internet.

“NAshanti’s” history

If you can remember, Ashanti and Nelly dated while at the height of their careers, becoming the couple to watch. The duo that would become “NAshanti”  first met at the 2003 Grammy Awards. That night, Ashanti took home the Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album, while Nelly raked in the award for Best Rap/Song Performance.  Smitten, Nelly sought out the singer immediately, but they didn’t publicly date until 2004.  The couple dated quietly for 10 years, although they attended many star-studded events side by side.  Surprisingly, they would announce a breakup in 2014. Following the unforeseen separation, Ashanti shed a beam of light on the occurrence by expressing she felt “betrayed.”

Back together?

Nelly has since dated Shantel Jackson, though the couple recently called it quits.  It’s clear why fans were quick to push the reconciliation talk. Nelly has since cleared up his “where-my-hug-at” vibe with Ashanti by clarifying that, “I didn’t want any uncomfortable energy.

Ashanti has remained resilient despite the swarming rumors. She has eluded to the fact that she and Nelly have not seen each other since the break-up.  In April, Ashanti was rumored to be dating after she was spotted with a mystery man. But Ashanti cleared the air by letting everyone know he was her manager, nothing more.

So, who is Ashanti dating? Let us know what you think on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @FMHipHop.


Written by Antoinette Ford

A southern charmer from Georgia who loves hip hop culture and the change it brings to the world. I want to capture what lies beneath the surface of every action and lyric and express it through the eyes of the originator.

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