“It’s A Distraction” Ashanti Talks Dating And Keeping Her Relationships Private

November 21, 2013  |  

Source: Bethenny.com

Ashanti is making the rounds, looking rather fabulous with this new razor sharp bob. And recently she sat down with Bethenny to chit and chat about a few things. As we’ve seen time and time again, whenever folks get a chance to talk to Ashanti, Nelly’s name often comes up. And Bethenny has interviewed enough black people at this point to know what’s up. So she asked her…in a roundabout way.

Bethenny: So you were rumored to dating Nelly, another big hip hop artist but you never confirmed it which is very sly and stealth and I kind of like your gangster. So are you secretive? Do you like to keep your private life private?
Ashanti: I think for me personally there are certain things that you want to keep to yourself, you give little hints here and there and whatever but being in the public eye you get judged on everything you do so you kind of have to have a little bit to yourself and when you feel comfortable you let little things out as they come out.
Bethenny: It’s very true and once you open pandora’s box you can’t close it.

And then Bethenny asked her about dating in general. Whether Ashanti is a happy single and how dating affects other areas of her life.

Bethenny: Are you happily single?
Ashanti: I am, I am happy because there is so much going on and now I can focus on what I need to focus on which is my career, my music and speaking to women very powerfully.
Bethenny: Do you feel when you’re with a man it’s different. You’re working differently and your message is different.
Ashanti: It’s a distraction. It’s kind of a distraction because it’s like, ‘Where are you? What time are you coming home?’ Alright, but I have to go to studio. Okay, but I’m going to. You know what I mean?
Bethenny: But you’re not working on anything? You don’t have a couple of things [i.e. men] on the burner? I don’t mean serious but don’t you always have something cooking?
Ashanti: Come on there is always something brewing.
I think that’s an interesting point she made about dating being a distraction. Of course you can have a serious relationship and maintain and thrive in your career at the same time but I rarely hear women or men admit that considering someone else’s schedule and most importantly their feelings requires effort you’re not putting toward your craft. I guess some of us are just better at multitasking than others. What do you think about Ashanti’s comments, particularly the part about dating being a distraction?
You can watch video of the exchanges above in the videos on the next page. 

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