R&B singer Ashanti delights fans with two big announcements: she’s engaged and expecting her first child. Amid the excitement, her renewed romance with acclaimed rapper Nelly stands out, adding a nostalgic touch to the joyful news.

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A screenshot of Ashanti revealing she is pregnant. | Source: Instagram/ashanti

A screenshot of Ashanti revealing she is pregnant. | Source: Instagram/ashanti

Ashanti recently revealed that she is expecting her first child. She revealed this through an Instagram video that captured a picturesque view of city buildings at night before transitioning to her concert at Barclays Center, where she shared the unexpected news.

A screenshot of Barclays Center where Ashanti revealed her pregnancy. | Source: Instagram/ashanti

A screenshot of Barclays Center where Ashanti revealed her pregnancy. | Source: Instagram/ashanti

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In the video, an assistant asked Ashanti if she was ready to emerge from her dressing room. Walking towards the assistant, the singer playfully responded, “I need about nine months,” hinting that she was pregnant.

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Ashanti’s pregnancy announcement coincided with her engagement to rapper Nelly, rekindling a romance from the early 2000s. “This new year of my life is such a blessing full of love, hope, and anticipation,” Ashanti said in a recent interview with Essence.

She expressed excitement about becoming a mother, saying, “Motherhood is something that I have looked forward to, and sharing this with my family, fiancé, and loyal fans, who have been so supportive of my career, is an amazing experience.”

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This will be Ashanti’s first child and Nelly’s fifth. He has two biological children, Chanelle and Cornell Haynes Jr., and adopted his late sister Jackie Donahue’s two children, Shawn and Sydney Thomas, after she died in 2005.

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Following the news of Ashanti’s pregnancy and engagement, netizens reacted differently. While some fans were surprised by the announcement, others had noticed signs of her pregnancy long before its official confirmation.

One fan pointed out, “How is it a reveal when I’ve been seeing it all over that she was pregnant and there was a show that she did her belly was clearly popping.” Another added, “I didn’t even know they were a thing,” while a third commented, “I thought we had known this for months now?”

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Another humorously chimed in, saying, “They grandparents at this point.” In contrast, other fans shared their joy and enthusiasm for Ashanti’s upcoming journey into motherhood and marriage.

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A supporter said, “Babyyyy we already knew… I loveeee it I’m so ready.” Another fan expressed, “Congratulations I’m so happy for you both can not wait to see the baby.” A netizen gushed “So happy for them,” while someone else echoed the same sentiment, “Yass!!! I’m so happy for them!!!!”

Reflecting on the couple’s renewed relationship, one fan remarked, “Now he needs to marry her! I love that they’re back together.” Another observed past clues of the news, saying, “We been knew when she kept wearing big jerseys.”

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The observation aligns with the subtle hints fans had picked up from Ashanti’s fashion choices. At several events leading up to the reveal, Ashanti’s attire included oversized and carefully styled outfits, likely chosen to comfortably accommodate her growing baby bump.

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In her recent Instagram video, Ashanti elegantly sported a shimmery silver dress complemented by an oversized coat, skillfully concealing her blossoming baby bump. Her wavy hair cascaded down the front of her outfit, enhancing her chic appearance.

A screenshot shows Ashanti walking towards the assistant, hinting at her pregnancy by saying she needs nine months. | Source: Instagram/ashanti

A screenshot shows Ashanti walking towards the assistant, hinting at her pregnancy by saying she needs nine months. | Source: Instagram/ashanti

At a New York City concert on April 2, Ashanti wore a shimmering pink Barbie-inspired dress, an oversized coat, thigh-high boots, and large hoop earrings, with her long hair styled to subtly conceal her belly.

Ashanti performs live during Fat Joe & Friends In Concert at The Apollo Theater on April 2, 2024, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Ashanti performs live during Fat Joe & Friends In Concert at The Apollo Theater on April 2, 2024, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Similarly, at the Tycoon Music Festival in Atlanta on February 13, she opted for a vibrant red ensemble featuring a large fur coat and an oversized shirt, where her baby bump was noticeably visible.

Ashanti performs during the Tycoon Music Festival at State Farm Arena on February 13, 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia. | Source: Getty Images

Ashanti performs during the Tycoon Music Festival at State Farm Arena on February 13, 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia. | Source: Getty Images

On February 2, at the 10th Anniversary of E11EVEN, Ashanti and Nelly made a fashionable appearance. Ashanti rocked a pink oversized jersey, complemented by accessories, while Nelly sported blue pants, a white shirt, and a bold silver necklace, both wearing sunglasses.

Ashanti and Nelly arrive at E11EVEN Miami during the 10th Anniversary of E11EVEN celebration on February 2, 2024, in Miami, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

Ashanti and Nelly arrive at E11EVEN Miami during the 10th Anniversary of E11EVEN celebration on February 2, 2024, in Miami, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

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Their joint appearances fueled speculation not only about her pregnancy but also about the details of their relationship, which had not been publicly confirmed until later.

Ashanti and Nelly and Ashanti attend Usher's "Coming Home" Album Release Event on February 14, 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia. | Source: Getty Images

Ashanti and Nelly and Ashanti attend Usher’s “Coming Home” Album Release Event on February 14, 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia. | Source: Getty Images

According to 2024 Essence, Ashanti and Nelly resumed communication after unexpectedly encountering each other at the Verzuz event between Fat Joe and Ja Rule. Nelly’s approach for a hug surprised Ashanti, as she had not anticipated seeing him there.

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The hug, although positive, brought up many unresolved issues and feelings, which Ashanti briefly mentioned during an Instagram Live session. She maintained a positive and private stance, indicating that much had occurred between them.

Despite public speculation, the two quietly worked through their past issues and reconciled. In a September 2023 interview, Nelly confirmed, “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.”

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Nelly added that he felt “no pressure” in their relationship now. “You know, before, I felt like both of us were doing what we’re doing career-wise. And when you got so many people in the middle of it, it can be tough,” he said.

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Nelly and Ashanti’s romance reportedly started in 2003. In a 2008 People interview, Ashanti, who is known for her private nature, described her relationship with Nelly as being “good friends.” She noted, “The industry is very hard, so it’s good to have fun and lighten it up.”

Nelly and Ashanti attend the 45th Grammy Award Nominations - Green Room on January 7, 2003. | Source: Getty Images

Nelly and Ashanti attend the 45th Grammy Award Nominations – Green Room on January 7, 2003. | Source: Getty Images

During that time, she playfully addressed rumors of their engagement, showing her hand without a ring, and teasing, “Oh no. Noooo! No engagement. But definitely in the future. Ha! Ha!”

Nelly and Ashanti in the press room at the 2008 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 24, 2008, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Nelly and Ashanti in the press room at the 2008 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 24, 2008, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Ashanti’s statement mirrored Nelly’s sentiments. In 2010, Nelly spoke about their relationship vaguely, stating, “We never admitted that we were together or back together or separated, but we heard that. Only thing we ever said was we friends and it’s the same way now.”

Ashanti and Nelly arrive at Nelly's 5th Annual Black And White Ball at Chase Park Plaza on December 19, 2010, in St. Louis, Missouri. | Source: Getty Images

Ashanti and Nelly arrive at Nelly’s 5th Annual Black And White Ball at Chase Park Plaza on December 19, 2010, in St. Louis, Missouri. | Source: Getty Images

Five years after Nelly addressed the status of their friendship, Ashanti confirmed their breakup in a 2015 interview, and openly shared her perspectives on the pivotal role that trust plays in relationships.

A screenshot of Ashanti discussing the aftermath of her breakup with Nelly on "The Meredith Vieira Show." | Source: YouTube/MeredithVieiraShow"

A screenshot of Ashanti discussing the aftermath of her breakup with Nelly on “The Meredith Vieira Show.” | Source: YouTube/MeredithVieiraShow”

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“I think sometimes when people have their own insecurities it allows them to act out of character,” Ashanti said. Reflecting on feelings of betrayal, she emphasized the necessity of personal growth, maturity, and accountability.

A screenshot of Ashanti speaking to host Meredith Vieira following her breakup with Nelly. | Source: YouTube/MeredithVieiraShow

A screenshot of Ashanti speaking to host Meredith Vieira following her breakup with Nelly. | Source: YouTube/MeredithVieiraShow

Expressing her aversion to cowardly behavior, she underscored the importance of self-awareness and unwavering determination in pursuing one’s aspirations. She noted that she had embarked on a new chapter in life.

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Despite the ups and downs, Ashanti and Nelly are now embracing a new phase together. This aligns perfectly with her views on engagement and marriage. With their romance rekindled, they are joyfully moving forward together.

As their relationship blossoms, the couple has never been hesitant to flaunt material gifts. Last year, fans were left surprised when Nelly presented his fiancée with a luxurious piece of jewelry as a gift.

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