Nelly & Ashanti Reportedly Expecting First Child Together

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An alleged source apparently told Us Weekly that the R&B singer is pregnant after rumors swirled due to a recent performance.

New reports and speculation has fans going wild for one of the music world's most shippable and adorable couples as of late. Moreover, according to an alleged source that spoke to Us Weekly, who published a subsequent report, Ashanti is pregnant, expecting her first child with her boo Nelly. This would be her first offspring altogether, whereas he already has his daughter Chanelle, 29, and son Cornell Hayes III, 24. Before moving on, we want to make it very clear that these are just reports, and as of writing this article, neither celebrity updated fans on the veracity of these claims. As such, all we can offer now are our sincere, cautious, and– if necessary– retractable congratulations!

Furthermore, this report comes mere hours after social media started to speculate on Ashanti and Nelly's future together. For those unaware, the rapper's choice to rub the R&B star's belly at a recent show made many fans think that they subtly hinted at a child on the way. Now, with this Us Weekly report, there is even more wildfire and gossip spreading online, and fans demand an answer soon. Maybe that won't arrive for a long time, but given the extreme reactions online, we wouldn't be surprised if they decide to give it a rest before making things official or disproving these rumors.

Ashanti & Nelly At His Birthday Party

FAIRBURN, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 31: Nelly and Ashanti attend Nelly's Halloween Birthday Celebration on October 31, 2023 in Fairburn, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage/Getty Images)

Unfortunately for them, not everyone is head over heels for this couple, albeit a small but vocal section of fans. For example, despite the backlash she received for her initial dismissive comments, blogger Tasha K doubled down on her distaste for this rekindled romance. "I don't want to see a motherf***er spin the block on you to do the same thing he did to you before," she said of Ashanti and Nelly. However, Tasha defended herself by saying that she wants to see her win, and that this is just advice and not outright hate.

Meanwhile, the past month has been full of surprises for these two, and we'll see where this ranks among those. Last month, the New York native threw the St. Louis MC a surprise birthday party, which was one of a few, in fact. He seemed to have a great time, and no matter what the truth behind these rumors is, we wish them the best in life. On that note, log back into HNHH for the latest news and updates on Nelly and Ashanti.

About The Author
Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.