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Originally posted 06/16/2008 06:45AM
Ashanti has been famously secretive about her relationship with rapper Nelly. But she broke her silence (a bit!) Sunday night, after a sterling rendition of the National Anthem during game five of the Lakers-Celtics championship series.
"Me and Nelly, we're good friends. We kick it – hang out a lot," the 27-year-old told PEOPLE. "The industry is very hard, so it's good to have fun and lighten it up."
As for those persistent rumors that she and the rapper plan to get hitched? Holding up a ring-free left hand, she told reporters, "Oh no. Noooo! No engagement." Then she added with a wicked smile, "But definitely in the future. Ha! Ha!"
Originally posted 04/17/2008 07:45PM
Is sexy songstress Ashanti's new video for her song "Way That I Love You" a kiss-off to rumored boyfriend Nelly? After all, in the video, a knife-wielding Ashanti gets sweet revenge on a cheating ex.
Ashanti says, "It's not!" She explains, "I wrote that record last summer ... The song is just about real life. It's for every woman who has gone through it."
But that doesn't mean the songbird hasn't experienced the heartache of a good relationship gone bad due to infidelity. "Definitely," says Ashanti, who turns to Mary J. Blige's "Not Gonna Cry" to help her through breakups. "It's a rude awakening when you get used to being happy, but it's a part of life. I didn't kill the person!"
Originally posted 02/05/2007 06:00AM
Ashanti and her rapper beau Nelly, dining at Beverly Hills eatery Mastro's Steakhouse. The two feasted on steaks and colossal onion rings. "They were laughing and smiling and having a wonderful night," an observer tells us.
Originally posted 04/04/2006 11:00AM
Seems like you can't be a self-respecting hip-hop artist without your own designer line. Grammy winner Nelly is no exception. His latest foray into fashion? His Derrty One sneakers for Reebok, which sell for about $75 a pair. PEOPLE caught up with the "shoe freak" rapper, 31, in New York City to hear what he had to say about his kicks and a certain special someone.
Originally posted 05/26/2005 06:00AM
Age: 30Hometown: St. LouisCurrent gig: Playing a prisoner in The Longest Yard, a remake of the 1974 Burt Reynolds comedy. The update costars Reynolds, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler
Originally posted 03/24/2005 04:45PM
Nelly's sister Jackie Donahue, who suffered from leukemia and helped launch a campaign with her brother to find bone-marrow donors, died Thursday at a St. Louis hospital, the rapper's publicist said.
Originally posted 09/22/2004 06:00AM
As Nelly gets ready to perform on the 30th season premiere of Saturday Night Live next week, we felt it was a good time to ask: What makes a girl appealing to you? "I think it's a lot in the way they carry themselves," says the hip-hop star, 29. "A girl has to be different. There are so many beautiful girls around the world, and what separates them from being normal is the way they carry themselves. Whichever one can bring it out in their own way without looking or feeling out of place, you know, they don't look uncomfortable or like they're trying too hard." Don't feel compelled to dress up for him either. "Just anyone who can still look beautiful in a ball cap and sweatpants, T-shirt," he adds. "That's how you know they're beautiful. Anyone can dress up and look good, but can you just look beautiful on a regular day? That's the thing."
Originally posted 07/20/2004 09:00AM
INVESTED: Rapper Nelly (real name: Cornell Haynes Jr.), has bought into the NBA's expansion Charlotte Bobcats as a partial owner, reports the Associated Press. "This is a great opportunity for both the Bobcats and Nelly," Robert L. Johnson, the team's majority owner and the founder of Black Entertainment Television said in a statement. Said Nelly, 29: "Of the many dreams that I have fulfilled in life, being an NBA owner is certainly one of the biggest achievements." Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Originally posted 11/19/2002 01:55PM
She's been "Foolish," "Always on Time" and "Happy" -- and she's been virtually unavoidable on the radio this year. Now Ashanti will get a chance to take home some trophies, as the R&B songbird picked up a field-best five nominations Tuesday for the 30th American Music Awards.
Originally posted 10/21/2002 11:00AM
A fan was fatally stabbed this weekend at a Southern California concert featuring rap star Nelly, while another remains hospitalized, police tell the Associated Press.
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