Nelly and Ashanti performed during the Fat Joe vs Ja Rule Verzuz battle but why did the couple break up?

The likes of several rappers joined Fat Joe and Ja Rule during the latest edition of the music battle which took place on Tuesday, September 14th at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York City.

The ‘Always On Time’ artist and ‘Hot in Herre’ rapper both appeared at the event and now the attention of social media has turned on them.

Here’s a look at the relationship timeline of Nelly and Ashanti.

Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images

Why did Nelly and Ashanti break up?

The ‘Always On Time’ singer first opened up about the reason for her break-up with Nelly during a 2015 appearance at The Meredith Vieira Show. She said that she felt “betrayed”.

Unidentified with Demi Lovato | Official Trailer | Peacock Original

Ashanti said: “I think sometimes when people have their own insecurities, it allows them to act out of character. I’ve been betrayed. Again, you just have to grow, you have to grow up and accept responsibilities for the things that you do.”

“I’m not a big fan of people being cowards,” she continued. “I think it’s really important to know yourself and understand what you want and get it. I’m in a different place right now.”

Then during a 2019 interview at Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Ashanti revealed that she and Nelly haven’t spoken since their break-up in 2013.

The two reunited at the Fat Joe and Ja Rule Verzuz battle on September 14th.

Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation

Relationship timeline of the singers

Nelly and Ashanti met at a Grammy Awards press conference in 2003 where it was first rumoured that the two singer fell for each other.

The couple had an on and off relationship for years but didn’t publicly confirm that they were together.

The singers attended many events where they were seen holding hands and smiling at each other but both of them were tight lipped about the rumours that they were dating.

It wasn’t until a 2008 interview with People Magazine in which Nelly confirmed that he and Ashanti were “serious”.

Nelly and Ashanti broke up in 2013.

Who are they dating now?

After they called it quits, Nelly started dating Shantel Jackson and the two have been together for seven years.

As of 2021, Ashanti hasn’t confirmed if she is a new relationship.

The singer was romantically linked to rapper Flo Rida when they were seen on a Cancun trip together. However, Ashanti hasn’t revealed if they actually dated.

This content could not be loaded

In other news, Who are Snoop Dogg's siblings? Rapper's mother Beverly Tate has died