Ashanti and Nelly are Engaged And Expecting Their First Child Together

Ashanti shared the joyous news through a heartwarming Instagram video on Wednesday (April 17). In the video, as she prepares for a performance, Ashanti cleverly hints at the impending arrival, stating she’ll need about nine months to get ready. Accompanying the post is a caption that simply reads “Baby baby baby baby….” Nelly also shared the video on his own Instagram page.

Speaking to Essence, Ashanti expressed her excitement about the new chapter in her life, emphasizing the love, hope, and anticipation it brings. She also revealed her engagement to Nelly, describing the experience as an amazing journey she’s eager to share with her family, fiancé, and loyal fans.

This upcoming addition to their family will be Ashanti’s first child and Nelly’s fifth. The couple, who began dating in 2003, kept details of their relationship relatively private until they separated in 2013. However, rumors of a reconciliation sparked interest when they attended the 3rd Annual Birthday Ball for Quality Control CEO Pierre “P” Thomas in June.

In a candid interview with Love and Hip Hop‘s Rasheeda and Kirk Frost in September, Nelly confirmed their rekindled romance, acknowledging the growth and understanding that came from their time apart.

Interestingly, the couple’s history includes a chart rivalry, with Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” dethroning Ashanti’s “Foolish” from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 2002. Despite their past competition, their relationship has evolved into a beautiful journey towards parenthood.