Ashanti and Nelly are expecting their first baby together

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By Asiya Ali

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It has been reported that musicians Ashanti and Nelly have a little one on the way!

The 49-year-old rapper and his on-again, off-again girlfriend are rumored to be expecting their first child together after rekindling their romance earlier this year.

Following their recent reconciliation - nearly two decades after their first break-up - an insider told Us Weekly on Monday (December 4) that the couple is "welcoming their first baby together".

While this will be the 43-year-old 'Foolish' singer's first child, the 'Dilemma' rapper is already father to daughter Chanelle, 29, and son Cornell Haynes III, 24, with ex Channetta Valentine.

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Ashanti and Nelly at the 3rd Annual Birthday Ball for Quality Control CEO Pierre "P" Thomas on June 08, 2023. Credit: Paras Griffin / Getty

The couple sparked pregnancy rumors over the weekend while at Nelly's Black and White Ball in St. Louis.

Footage shared online shows the two on stage together, with the 'Rock Wit U' singer resting her hands on her stomach in a heart shape.

The 'Hot in Herre' artist did the same and rubbed the singer's belly before realizing that he had potentially revealed their baby news. He then pulled Ashanti close and they both erupted in laughter.

When the MC made a comment about "sealing the deal," Nelly simply pointed at Ashanti’s stomach before they both started laughing again.

After the baby news was shared online, many fans took to their social media to congratulate the couple.

One user said: "I cannot stop smiling! Love this for them!" while another exclaimed: "NO LIKE YALL DONT UNDERSTAND… I’VE LOVED ASHANTI FOR THE LONGEST AND I AM SO SO HAPPY FOR HER!!! SHE DESERVES IT. CONGRATULATIONS TO HER AND NELLY."

A third shared: "They always put the biggest smile on my face, I adore them together. I hope they last/ never let each other go."

A fourth added: "What I'm enjoying most about this Nelly and Ashanti reunion is how happy they always appear whilst together. It's beautiful. Whichever way it goes, This, their moment its beautiful to observe."

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Nelly and Ashanti during Ashanti's surprise birthday dinner hosted by Nelly at STK on October 13, 2012. Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty

The two first met in 2003 while at a Grammys Awards press conference and began dating for about ten years before eventually splitting up in 2013.

Then in April 2023, the pair sparked reconciliation rumors when they were seen holding hands at a boxing match in Las Vegas.

Nelly confirmed the relationship in September during an interview on Philo TV’s Boss Moves with Rasheeda, saying: "Yeah, we cool again." He revealed that the revived relationship "surprised both of us though," adding, "It wasn’t anything that I don’t think was planned."

The 'Ride Wit Me' hitmaker stated that the pair needed time apart in order to make their current romance work, sharing: "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 added.

Congratulations to Nelly and Ashanti!

Featured image credit: Steve Mack / Getty

Ashanti and Nelly are expecting their first baby together

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

It has been reported that musicians Ashanti and Nelly have a little one on the way!

The 49-year-old rapper and his on-again, off-again girlfriend are rumored to be expecting their first child together after rekindling their romance earlier this year.

Following their recent reconciliation - nearly two decades after their first break-up - an insider told Us Weekly on Monday (December 4) that the couple is "welcoming their first baby together".

While this will be the 43-year-old 'Foolish' singer's first child, the 'Dilemma' rapper is already father to daughter Chanelle, 29, and son Cornell Haynes III, 24, with ex Channetta Valentine.

wp-image-1263239341 size-full
Ashanti and Nelly at the 3rd Annual Birthday Ball for Quality Control CEO Pierre "P" Thomas on June 08, 2023. Credit: Paras Griffin / Getty

The couple sparked pregnancy rumors over the weekend while at Nelly's Black and White Ball in St. Louis.

Footage shared online shows the two on stage together, with the 'Rock Wit U' singer resting her hands on her stomach in a heart shape.

The 'Hot in Herre' artist did the same and rubbed the singer's belly before realizing that he had potentially revealed their baby news. He then pulled Ashanti close and they both erupted in laughter.

When the MC made a comment about "sealing the deal," Nelly simply pointed at Ashanti’s stomach before they both started laughing again.

After the baby news was shared online, many fans took to their social media to congratulate the couple.

One user said: "I cannot stop smiling! Love this for them!" while another exclaimed: "NO LIKE YALL DONT UNDERSTAND… I’VE LOVED ASHANTI FOR THE LONGEST AND I AM SO SO HAPPY FOR HER!!! SHE DESERVES IT. CONGRATULATIONS TO HER AND NELLY."

A third shared: "They always put the biggest smile on my face, I adore them together. I hope they last/ never let each other go."

A fourth added: "What I'm enjoying most about this Nelly and Ashanti reunion is how happy they always appear whilst together. It's beautiful. Whichever way it goes, This, their moment its beautiful to observe."

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Nelly and Ashanti during Ashanti's surprise birthday dinner hosted by Nelly at STK on October 13, 2012. Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty

The two first met in 2003 while at a Grammys Awards press conference and began dating for about ten years before eventually splitting up in 2013.

Then in April 2023, the pair sparked reconciliation rumors when they were seen holding hands at a boxing match in Las Vegas.

Nelly confirmed the relationship in September during an interview on Philo TV’s Boss Moves with Rasheeda, saying: "Yeah, we cool again." He revealed that the revived relationship "surprised both of us though," adding, "It wasn’t anything that I don’t think was planned."

The 'Ride Wit Me' hitmaker stated that the pair needed time apart in order to make their current romance work, sharing: "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 added.

Congratulations to Nelly and Ashanti!

Featured image credit: Steve Mack / Getty