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Ashanti and Nelly confirm they’re engaged – and expecting their first child | Ents & Arts News



Nelly and Ashanti pictured in March. Pic: AP

US music stars Ashanti and Nelly have revealed they’re engaged and expect their first youngster collectively.

The award-winning performers – who first dated over 20 years in the past – rekindled their romance final yr.

They first met on the Grammy Awards in 2003, and dated for a decade earlier than going their separate methods.

The celebs pictured in 2011, throughout their first relationship. Pic: AP

Ashanti shared a video on Instagram, saying she’ll want “about 9 months” to arrange for her subsequent large gig.

Nelly additionally shared the put up, which was captioned, “Child child child child”, on his official Instagram feed.

Within the video, Ashanti’s mom, Tina Douglas, asks her how a lot time Ashanti might want to prepare for the present.

We see the Silly singer, who’s sporting a glittery outfit trimmed with fur, grabbing a being pregnant check and disappearing backstage, earlier than replying: “I will want about 9 months.”

The 43-year-old later confirmed she is engaged to the Scorching In Herre and Trip Wit Me rapper Nelly, 49, whose actual title is Cornell Haynes Jr.

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‘Sharing this with my household, fiance’

“This new yr of my life is such a blessing full of affection, hope, and anticipation,” Ashanti informed Essence journal.

“Motherhood is one thing that I’ve regarded ahead to, and sharing this with my household, fiance, and constant followers, who’ve been so supportive of my profession, is a tremendous expertise.”

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The infant can be Ashanti’s first youngster and Nelly’s fifth.

Nelly has a daughter and a son together with his former accomplice, Channetta Valentine, and he adopted the 2 youngsters of his late sister, Jackie Donahue, after she died of leukaemia in 2005.

The rapper’s household starred within the actuality TV present Nellyville in 2014 alongside his then girlfriend Shantel Jackson.

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