Before the release of Ja Rule and Irv Gotti’s episode of Drink Champs, Revolt and Drink Champs released a clip. The clip featured Irv Gotti detailing how he found out about Ashanti and Nelly’s entanglement.
Gotti, married then, “You wanna hear how I found out? This was God wanting me to find out. I was at home. NBA package, I like watching sports. ‘Oh my God, what’s this commotion going on in the stadium?’ ‘We just found out what the commotion is: Nelly has walked in with Ashanti.’”
The game that Gotti could be referring to was back in 2010 when the Charlotte Bobcats, now the Charlotte Hornets, took on Orlando Magic. Nelly is a minority owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
The Country Grammar Rapper would later deny ever dating Ashanti.
“Who said that? Well what have we always said? Of course I’m single. I’m not married, she’s not married.”
“Here’s the thing. I’ve never said I’m in a relationship, she’s never said she’s in a relationship. I don’t know where they do that at. But we’ve always admitted to being friends.
“We hang out. She’s a very sweet girl. Very pretty girl. Very talented. She does her thing as far as her career, and I do my thing as far as mine.”
In 2010, Ashanti would follow suit in an interview with BET.
So one of the rumors that I would like to clear up, the whole Nelly-Ashanti, and Nelly’s denying and Nelly’s not claiming; let’s clear that up right now,” she told BET.com. “Me and Nelly are good friends. I never said I was his girl, I never quote, unquote, “claimed him,” I never said we were an item and neither has he, so there you have it. We’re good friends. The whole, ‘oh he’s denying and she’s denying,’ no claiming. Come on, son!”
In 2014, HipHollywood caught up and why she decided to go into more details about her relationship with Nelly on her album, ‘Braveheart.’
“The album is all cohesive, it makes since, and again, is revealing what I’ve gone through, what I’m going through now, just living life and going through different experiences,” she said.
“Everybody has something to say anyway. If you want to find out, get the album.”
On Friday, August 5th, 2022, Nelly, Ja Rule, Ma$e, Ashanti, Lil Jon, and others were featured at the “My 2000s Playlist” concert in Oakland.
After Nelly and Ashanti perform their hit record Body on Me, Nelly can be heard telling the Oakland crowd,”Y’all make some noise for Ashanti one time… Ayo I got floor seats to the next game what’s happening.”
Last year, Ashanti announced that she would be re-recording all of her music, which is an intelligent strategy to regain control of her masters.