Nelly Confirms He & Ashanti Are Back Together: ‘It Surprised Both Of Us’

Nelly and Ashanti are back together! The rapper confirmed longtime speculation that he and his fellow music star have rekindled their romance, telling Philo TV’s “Boss Moves with Rasheeda” that neither of them expected more sparks to fly. “Yeah, we cool again,” Nelly said with a smile. “I think it surprised both of us though. It wasn’t anything that I don’t think was planned.” The “Country Grammar” artist and the singer originally called it quits in 2013 after a decade of on-and-off dating and he explained why having some time apart helped them reconnect better at this point in their lives. “I think we both were pretty much doing what we do, but sometimes being separate you understand one another more,” Nelly said, also noting that their dynamic seems stronger than ever. “Yeah. I mean, because it’s no pressure,” he added, when asked if things “feel good” now. “Before I felt like both of us were doing what we were doing before career-wise, and when you got so many people in the middle of it, it can be tough.” Though neither Nelly nor Ashanti had directly addressed their status before his latest interview, fans have noticed the pair getting closer in recent months. The couple sang Usher’s “Nice and Slow” in a video Nelly posted to his Instagram story in August, and they previously stepped out for a red carpet appearance at Quality Control CEO P Thomas’ birthday party.