Ashanti is pregnant, expecting first baby with boyfriend Nelly: report

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Ashanti, 43, and Nelly, 49, are reportedly expecting their first child together, an insider told Us Weekly on Monday.

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

While this will be Ashanti’s first child, the “Dilemma” rapper is already father to daughter Chanelle, 29, and son Cornell Haynes III, 24, with ex Channetta Valentine.

Reps for the pair did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.

The on-again, off-again couple sparked pregnancy rumors over the weekend while at Nelly’s Black and White Ball in St. Louis.

Nelly and Ashanti are expecting their first child together. Getty Images
The baby will be Ashanti’s first child. Johnnie Glover/Instagram

While on stage together, the “Foolish” singer rested her hands on her stomach in a heart shape, per a video posted to Twitter.

Without hesitation, Nelly did the same, rubbing the singer’s belly.

After realizing that they had potentially spilled the beans, the rapper pulled Ashanti close as they both erupted in laughter.

When the emcee made a comment about “sealing the deal,” Nelly simply just pointed at Ashanti’s belly before they both started laughing again.

The pair sparked pregnancy rumors over the weekend. Johnnie Glover/Instagram
While at a party in St.Louis, the lovebirds made several gestures to the “Foolish” singer’s stomach. Johnnie Glover/Instagram

The pair met in 2003 while at a Grammys Awards press conference. Yet after dating for a decade, the pair called things off in 2013.

Then in April 2023, the twosome sparked reconciliation rumors while sitting ringside at a boxing match in Las Vegas.

After dating secretly for a few months, the rapper revealed in September that the pair was officially back together.

“Yeah, we cool again,” the “Ride Wit Me” performer said in an interview at the time with “Love & Hip Hop” stars Rasheeda and Kirk Frost (shared by The Shade Room). 

The pair dated from 2003 until 2013. FilmMagic

“I think it surprised both of us though. It wasn’t anything that I don’t think was planned.”

Nelly noted that the pair needed time apart in order to make their current romance work.


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“I think we both were pretty much doing what we do, but sometimes being separate you understand one another more,” he said. 

“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.” 

They went public with their romance in April 2023. Getty Images
Nelly confirmed they were back together a few months later. WireImage

The pair has seemed better than ever since getting back together, spoiling each other every chance they get.

In October, Nelly surpised his lady love with a huge diamond necklace with heart accents as well as a diamond-crusted watch for her birthday.

The following month, the songstress surprised her beau with his dream car.

After the rapper posted a video of the blue whip, one follower encouraged him to start a family with Ashanti, to which he cheekily replied, “I’m on it.”