Ashanti Reveals Pregnancy With Her And Nelly’s First Child

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 24: (L-R) Nelly and Ashanti attend the 25th Annual Mark Twain Prize For American Humor at The Kennedy Center on March 24, 2024 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

After months of speculation by fans, Ashanti has confirmed that her and Nelly are expecting their first child together!

The announcement came through an Instagram video where Ashanti, preparing for a performance, playfully hinted at needing “about nine months” when asked about her readiness. This revelation surprised her mother, Tina Douglas, who was present during the interaction.

This child will be Ashanti’s first and Nelly’s third, as he already has two adult children from a previous relationship and has also adopted his late sister’s children. The couple’s relationship, which had its ups and downs over a decade, finally culminated in a rekindled romance earlier this year.

The news of Ashanti’s pregnancy first surfaced in December at Nelly’s 11th Black and White Ball. In a heartwarming gesture, Nelly placed his hand on Ashanti’s stomach as she made a heart sign over it, sparking speculation that they were expecting.

Their relationship had previously hit a rough patch, leading to their official split in 2013. However, their time apart seems to have brought them closer, as they officially reconciled and went public with their relationship last year.

Amidst these developments, Ashanti walked the pink carpet at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards solo but carried a purse featuring a photo of her and Nelly from exactly 20 years ago, highlighting the enduring nature of their bond.

Nelly’s Instagram tribute to Ashanti on her birthday further solidified their renewed commitment, with Ashanti reciprocating the love in the comments. The couple has since shared intimate moments, including public displays of affection in Las Vegas.

In a recent interview, Nelly reflected on their time apart, acknowledging that it allowed them to gain a deeper understanding of each other. This newfound appreciation, coupled with their enduring love, sets the stage for an exciting new chapter as they prepare to welcome their first child together.