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Different Song, Same Dance: Watch Ashanti Skate Around Questions About Rumored NFL Boo, DeSean Jackson
After many, many years of refusing to publicly acknowledge their relationship, Ashanti semi-opened up about her on-again, off-again relationship with Nelly, revealing that the two are probably done for good this time.
“Negative. Nelly and I are kind of in the space where, I’m kinda like focusing on my career, he’s focusing on what he’s doing, you know there’s a lot of things that happened this year, you know a lot of things kinda went public more than other things have gone public before, you know what I’m saying? And um, I kinda just…I have to do me. We’re in that space right now and there are things that were said and things that were done, that probably shouldn’t have been said or done, but they have been,” the “Never Should’ve” singer told Hot 97 earlier this week.
Some of you expressed belief that Ashanti is only claiming to be done because Nelly has been flaunting his new boo, Tae Hackard, around town. But to be honest, it doesn’t look like miss thang wasted too much time pining over him. It’s actually believed that she’s seeing Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The rumors were fueled when DeSean posted a very couple-ish looking photo (posted above) of him and Ashanti on his birthday last week, with a caption that read: “Where my homie @ on my Cake Day ?? @ashanti_official ayyyyyyye turn up Then 4 me Ya Digg,” which as the ladies at NecoleBitchie hilariously point out, could easily translate to: “Why isn’t my boo here with me on my birthday.”
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, but if the photo isn’t enough proof, we have something else that may be a bit more convincing. Ashanti recently interviewed with Philly’s Good Day to promote her new Lifetime movie Christmas in the City. During the interview, one of the hosts randomly began grilling Ashanti about her relationship with DeSean and instead of simply insisting that they have a platonic friendship, she broke out her tap dancing shoes and began dancing around the questions. And at this point, we all know what that means!
Watch the hilarious interview on the next page.
So while you’ve been busy Christmas shopping (in stores and online for Cyber Monday), Ashanti hit up Hot 97 to talk about her new music and upcoming album, Braveheart. But of course, instead of asking her much about said album, the questions from Ebro Darden and Laura Styles were mostly about Nelly. Well, at least for the first seven minutes of the interview anyway. The singer gave a “final” answer on if she and Nelly will ever get back together, talked about how that relationship impacted her music (including the song “Never Should Have,” which she confirmed was about him), and how they had an amazing sex life. No, seriously, she touches on that with only the nervous Long Island-based laughter that Ashanti can (she’s so charming). Check out the tea from that sit-down, as well as her thoughts on issues with Irv Gotti, and be sure to watch the interview below.
Ebro: Are you guys getting back together again?
Negative. Nelly and I are kind of in the space where, I’m kinda like focusing on my career, he’s focusing on what he’s doing, you know there’s a lot of things that happened this year, you know a lot of things kinda went public more than other things have gone public before, you know what I’m saying? And um, I kinda just…I have to do me. We’re in that space right now and there are things that were said and things that were done, that probably shouldn’t have been said or done, but they have been.
Ebro: On your part, his part, or both?
Probably both. Probably both.
Ebro: Like you call him a f**king a**hole, and ‘I never want to speak to you again, get the f**k out of here you f**king punk’?
Oh, it was way worse than that! [laughs] No, I mean, like I said, you know, when people are around each other for a long time, you know, there are feelings, there are things there, and people get hurt. Men handle hurt differently than women handle hurt, you know what I’m saying? So…
Laura: How long were you guys together? TOGETHER, together?
I mean we’ve known each other for a long time. It was a lot of time. Nine years is a long time…There’s a record that I have called “Scars,” which is really, uh, it’s a very deep record–
Ebro: Is it about your scars pertaining to Nelly?
Um, he put a couple of scars on me. Not physically, we don’t want to put that out there [laughs]. We’ve definitely scarred each other in a sense to say. Getting back to the record, it’s a deep record. It’s something that, I feel like I’m revealing very much, more than I have on previous records. So I’m really really excited. It kind of takes you on a nice emotional level.
Laura: You have a song called “Never Should Have,” and everybody wants to know if that’s about Nelly…
You know what’s weird, you know me and Nelly, you know, sometimes we were cool, sometimes we weren’t. You were together, you’re not together. You getting on my nerves right now…you go over there, I’m over here…
Ebro: It makes for the best sex by the way. Keep it real.
It does. Amazing. Amazing! But um, at that time, at that very moment when I was physically writing that record, I was in the studio in LA, and me and him were in this space of we were getting back together. We were back being cool. You know you go through that space where you don’t talk. ‘I’m not messing with him right now,’ whatever. It could be months, it could be whatever. Okay, so we were in a space where we were getting back cool. And we were actually Skyping while I was recording the record. So the record was about [laughs] when we were going through the bad times, but we were cool when I was recording it so it is weird, you know? I always get inspiration from real experiences whether I’m going through it or someone close to me is going through it. But that particular song, it was just weird because I was just writing about it because I was mad. We were going through whatever we were going through, but when I started recording it, we were okay. We were cool. We were Skyping. So it was about him, but it wasn’t. But he picked it, he loved the record. I remember when I played it for him in the studio he was like, “Ma this is crazy!” He loved it.
Ebro: How Is You And Irv’s Relationship?
There’s definitely no beef but, for me, again, just me talking about my movement and being brave and kind of just revealing a little bit more of myself at this point in my career, I feel like Irv kind of paints a picture of what happened with me and Murder Inc. very one-sided. I hear him a lot talk about, “She’s disloyal,” and “Oh, she didn’t throw up the Ms and she didn’t do this and that.” And I feel it’s time to kind of set the record straight on what it really is…I’m a Libra, I’m a very loyal person. Anybody with any sense of logic could see that I rode out. I rode until the wheels fell off [laughs]. You know what I mean? I went to the trial, I was there, I was filming in Vancouver and in my contract, I wasn’t ever supposed to leave Canada. I came to the court, to the trial, three or four times when I was not supposed to. I was contractually doing what I was supposed to not be doing, paying those round trip tickets to come and support and it’s crazy because at that time me and Irv weren’t even speaking. Like, we weren’t even speaking at all…regardless, I’m going to always have love for Irv. Regardless. We’ve made history together. Our chemistry in the studio is amazing. But I’m not going to sit here and let the picture be painted one side anymore.
This is the most open and honest Ashanti has ever been, which is good, because all that “Who said we were in a relationship!?” ducking and dodging was tired. What do you make of her responses?
She’s been making the rounds, so it’s only likely that we would be hearing some new music from her. Well, that day is here ladies and gentleman. The single from the upcoming album Braveheart is called “I Got It.” In this new song Ashanti talks about how even though she doesn’t normally get down like that, she’ll be generous with this dude. The song, cowritten by Future, also features a verse from Rick Ross. The production for the song is nice but something, whether it’s Ashanti’s vocals or something else–there’s something missing.
Take a listen to the song below and tell us pass or play?
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.
These single celebrity women have a lot going for them. They’re smart, Hot, beautiful, talented, and make their own money So why hasn’t anyone but a ring on it yet — assuming they want one?
Actress Sanaa Lathan has been a Hollywood staple since the late ’90s. While she has maintained consistent work since leaving the theater world behind and relocating to L.A., Nathan has kept her private life mostly private. The 42-year-old Best Man Holiday star dated football player Adewale Ogunyele for a few years but other than that, Lathan has kept her dating life to herself. A few months ago, she shared a photo of herself and San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick out together on a romantic dinner date. No word on if the two are a couple or if it was just dinner with a friend.
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The stars were out in Las Vegas Friday night for the 2013 Soul Train Music Awards. Hosted by actor Anthony Anderson, the focus for this year’s awards show has been to make it as much fun as possible. Now, the show doesn’t actually air until December 1st (on Centric and BET) so we don’t know if they succeeded; however, we know how they looked. Check out some of the photos from the red carpet on the next two pages!
In a recent interview for Necole Bitchie, the very handsome Nelly spoke about a little bit of everything, including the prospect of possibly doing a T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle type show with his family. But what really stood out from his interview was his statements about his current relationship status, and his thoughts on marriage. If you’ll recall, we did a post earlier in the week about Nelly and his new boo Tae Heckard getting cutesy in a photo booth and showing their lovey-dovey relationship status to the world; this despite years of him and Ashanti playing hella coy after a relationship that allegedly lasted 10 years. But in the recent interview, he showed that he’s back to playing coy. The rapper says that he’s single and only committed to his music.
His Thoughts On Marriage:
“Relationships are tough period. I don’t think people give other people the benefit of the doubt as far as trying to work within that situation and try to be the best person that they can. I only know two ways of marriage; my parents, and it didn’t work at all, and my grandparents did 61 years. So that for me is that serious. If you’re talking about doing that, then that means FOR LIFE! I’m one of those people, if I get married, it’s one time and one time only. It’s no redos, no do-overs, this is it! Do you understand what you’re saying? The rest of your life you want to wake up and see me. If that’s the person you’re with then that will be it but right now I just think marriage should be when it happens. I don’t think it should be dictated by society. Society shouldn’t be able to dictate your relationship, your heart or tell you when you should be married or by when you should be married or how your marriage should be. That ain’t a marriage, that’s a contract. For real, because only a contract tells you what you can do, what you can’t do, when you should do it. Your heart don’t tell you that, your heart is your heart.”
On His Relationship Status:
“Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m married to the game right now. This album is my chick. I’m taking her everywhere with me. I’m spoiling her to death and I’m introducing her to everybody I meet, so we wide open.”
It should be noted though that in the video (watch below), Nelly looked somewhat uncomfortable saying “Yeah” to being single. Maybe because he thought homegirl was going to pop up out the back and set him straight. But can we get serious? I get that men in Hip-Hop like to make their female fans think they’re available, because having an emotional connection with the same woman for years is so not gangsta (*insert sarcasm here*), but how long are folks going to pretend they’re not in committed relationships when they totally are? But hey, if Ms. Heckard is okay with it (because Ashanti sure was), then I guess it’s all good. Check out his interview below to hear what he had to say.
Look at what we have here. It’s Missouri rapper, Nelly with his new girlfriend, LaShontae Heckard, (also known as Tae Heckard.) You might recognize her from a few episodes from BET’s “The Game,” as Jazz, Jasmine or Shelia. Earlier this morning Tae posted this adorable picture of she and Nelly canoodling in a photo booth. And she captioned it like this:
Him mad cuz I’m a beast in bowling. #cookienomilk #imlying #ialmostsliddownthelanewiththeball #hehadtosaveme #ibeatblueanddeemarietho
I’m not gon’ lie, they’re cute. But I would be lying if I said I only felt happiness looking at this picture.
Honestly, the first thing that came to mind was, “It’s a shame this new girl gets to publicly express her love when Ashanti had to repeatedly deny the true nature of her relationship with Nelly… for nearly a decade.”
I don’t consider myself an Ashanti fan, but I can’t help feeling sorry for the girl, she was always in the shadows. And then when the two started alluding to the fact that they really were together the whole time, Nelly was talking about how he couldn’t be forced into a marriage. Sigh…
Who knows, it may have been Ashanti’s idea to keep their relationship on the low but all of this looks suspect or at least shady doesn’t it?
Anyway, best of luck to Nelly and Tae.
I can hear it now: “Who cares? Ashanti isn’t even relevant!” That may or may not be true, but she looks good!
Today is the singer’s 33rd birthday and she’s been celebrating all weekend! She rang in her birthday by hosting a huge birthday bash at Lavo in Las Vegas. Joined by her momager Tina Douglas, her dad and other guests, Shani, as she’s affectionately known, rocked an extremely sparkly Jovani Fashions dress and Ruthie Davis Shoes.
Her new bob was done by celebrity stylist Oscar James, who also tames the locs of Nikki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson and countless others. We’ll have to get a closer look to see if it was her hair that was cut or if he just did his thing on the weave (we know how much you all care).
On Friday night, Ashanti’s friends and family surprised her with a pre-birthday party at SL night club in NYC. This is the second year in a row they’ve managed to “surprise” her for her birthday.Her birthday cake chronicled her music career by having pictures (likely edible) of each album on it.
The singer is still working on her new album that is supposed to be released on her own label, Written Entertainment. Unfortunately, it’s been pushed back a few times and as of now, there’s no telling when it will actually come out.
But in this moment, she seems to just be having fun living life! Check out the next page for a couple of pictures from Ashanti’s pre-birthday bash!
‘You’re Guilty Until You Prove Your Innocence:’ Nelly Talks Pregnancy Rumors And Sort Of Addresses His Split From Ashanti
Nelly recently stopped by Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club to discuss his new business projects, lay a few rumors to rest and of course, dance around questions regarding his on-again, off-again relationship with Ashanti. The 38-year-old St. Louis native also addressed Irv Gotti’s claims that all is well between them. Peep some of his interview highlights below.
On if “Here I Am” was a shot at Irv Gotti:
“Nah, nah, nah. I wouldn’t say that I was going at Irv. “
On his rumored beef with Irv:
“Me and Irv ain’t never had a problem. We’ve always talked, you see what I’m saying? In that situation, you gotta be able to talk. We were able to speak, dead a**.”
On if he and Ashanti are cool:
“Yeah, we always good, man. We always good. I’m not an ill willed person, daddy.”
On if Ashanti’s “Never Should Have” was about him:
“That song was done a year before. I have the original version of it. I picked that song. It can’t be [about me]. That song was done a year before it came out.”
On Ashanti seeming heartbroken:
“Oh, I don’t think [she seems heartbroken]. Again, relationships are tough.”
On men always being made out to be the bad guy when relationships end:
“Of course we do. You’re guilty until you prove your innocence in them situations. It just like, ‘Yo! What do you?!’ Why can’t it be, ‘What she do?’
Catch Nelly’s full interview on the next page.