Nelly confirms he’s back with Ashanti a decade after splitting

American Hip Hop star, Cornell Haynes aka Nelly has confirmed he is in a relationship with R&B singer, Ashanti 10 years after they broke up.

Media reports indicated that the music stars reconciled earlier this year, thereby reigniting a decade-long spark that had been quenched.

Nelly in a recent chat, revealed that they are back together again, but noted that getting back together hadn’t been ‘planned’ by either of them.

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Speaking about his rekindled romance with Ashanti during an interview with Love and Hip Hop stars Rasheeda and Kirk Frost, the ‘My Place’ crooner said: “Yeah, we cool again. I think it surprised both of us though. It wasn’t anything that I don’t think was planned.”

The veteran rapper expressed the believe that spending so long apart from one another has been helpful with their reunion because the distance allowed them to ‘understand’ each other and their relationship better.

Nelly explained: “I think we both were pretty much doing what we do, but sometimes being separate you understand one another more. You be like, ‘Yo, let me see exactly what they see.’ You know, because we all can be defensive sometimes in our own relationships. We know we wrong but we going to stand on it. But we all a victim to that.”

The 48-year-old added: “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.”

Nelly and Ashanti, 42, sparked dating rumours after being spotted in Las Vegas in March this year. The couple strengthened the rumours when they attended a 40th birthday party for businessman Jon Schwartz hand-in-hand.