In a delightful turn of events, Grammy award-winning singer Ashanti, 43, is expecting her first child, and the proud father-to-be is none other than rapper Nelly. The couple, who had an on-and-off relationship from 2003 to 2013, recently rekindled their romance, and the news of their impending parenthood was confirmed by US Weekly on Monday.
While this will be Ashanti’s first child, Nelly, 49, is already a father of two. In an interesting twist, Nelly became a grandfather at the age of 49 when his daughter Chanelle, 29, welcomed a baby of her own. The couple’s reconciliation became the subject of rumors in April when they were spotted holding hands at a boxing match in Las Vegas.
Speculations about Ashanti’s pregnancy arose over the weekend when the music stars attended an event in St. Louis, Nelly’s hometown. A TMZ video captured a touching moment where the couple affectionately interacted with Ashanti’s stomach. Although representatives for Nelly and Ashanti declined to comment on the pregnancy reports, if confirmed, Ashanti would be expecting her first child, while Nelly would be welcoming his third.
Nelly addressed the renewed romance rumors in September during an interview with Rasheeda from “Love and Hip Hop.” He shared, “Yeah, we cool again. I think it surprised both of us, though. It wasn’t anything that …[was] planned. I think we’re both pretty much doing what we do.” Distance and time seemed to have played a role in bringing the couple back together, and fans eagerly await the arrival of the new addition to their family.