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Nelly confirms he and Ashanti are back together

In a recent interview with Love and Hip Hop’s Rasheeda and Kirk Frost on her Boss Moves with Rasheeda podcast, the “Ride Wit Me” rapper, 48, confirmed that he and the “Foolish” singer, 42, have renewed their romantic relationship.

“We cool again,” a happy-looking Nelly told Rasheeda and Kirk in the interview, which was posted by The Shade Room via Instagram Tuesday.

“I think it surprised both of us,” he added. “It wasn’t anything that was planned.”

The two artists have been linked on and off since 2003 and have kept the details of their relationship under wraps.

“We both were pretty much doing what we do,” he said in the new interview. “But sometimes being separate, you understand one another more. You could be like, ‘Well yo, let me exactly see maybe what they see.’ We all can be defensive sometimes in our own relationships. We know we wrong but we going to stand on it, you know what I mean? But we all a victim to that.”
When asked by Rasheeda if his renewed relationship with Ashanti feels good now, Nelly replied in the affirmative. “I mean, because it’s no pressure,” he explained, “Before I felt like both of us are doing what we’re doing before career-wise, And when you got so many people in the middle of it, it can be tough.”

In the comments section of The Shade Room’s Instagram post featuring Nelly’s interview, Ashanti remarked: “Heyyyyyy bighead 😍❤️🤣 @nelly.”

Reps for Ashanti and Nelly did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.

For her part, Ashanti — who was carrying a clutch with the rapper’s face on it at Tuesday’s MTV VMAs — told PEOPLE on the carpet, “We’re in a great space, everything is positive, we’re having a lot of fun.”

Both Nelly and Ashanti have been spotted together in the last several months, sparking rumors of a reconciliation. In June of this year, the two appeared at the 3rd Annual Birthday Ball for Quality Control CEO Pierre “P” Thomas at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

In May, Ashanti brought Nelly out on stage during her Las Vegas show at the Palms Casino Resort where the two performed their 2008 song “Body on Me.” The month prior, the two were seen at the Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia boxing match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Following the fight, video footage captured them holding hands.

A source close to the musicians told PEOPLE at the time that they “have been touring and performing together and just hanging.”

Before that, in December 2022, Ashanti joined Nelly on stage at Power 98.3 and 96.1’s Under the Mistletoe show in Arizona where they also performed “Body on Me.”

During her appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that same month, Ashanti said she was surprised by the amount of fans who reacted to that “Body on Me” performance and urged the two to get back together.

“My reaction was wow,” the singer said at the time. “It was a lot of comments and a lot of people wanting that. What I will say is we’re in a better place. You know, cause before, it was like [mimics fighting]. But we’re cool now. Yeah, we have some conversations, you know. So it’s cool.”

In other news – Sean “Diddy” Combs’s kids join him on VMA stage as he accepts the Global Icon Award

Diddy had his children by his side as he was honored with the Global Icon Award at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday, September 12.

“This is what’s up. Love wins. This is so surreal, I appreciate you all coming and just even giving me my flowers and celebrating me,” Diddy, 53, said in his lengthy acceptance speech. “This is a dream come true for me. I grew up watching MTV like, ‘Man I wish one day I could be up there.’” Read More

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