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Although she’s danced around questions of a rumored reunion with her St. Lunatix ex, Ashanti recently finally broke down and told fans that everything they want to know about their break up to make up can be found on her new album, Braveheart.
She still has yet to confirm whether or not she and Nelly are an item again, but she sure looked geeked when crashed her album release party in Atlanta on Saturday.
The singer partied at Prive last night with guests including Momager Tina and Big Tigger. Surrounded by fans, family and friends, the former hip-hop princess of Murder Inc. was all smiles when Nelly hit her up on Facetime while she blew him a few kisses. If these two are trying to keep anything private, they’re not doing the greatest job as Nelly took to Twitter on the day of the Braveheart release to send a subliminal:
“Great job lillady”
Ashanti Talks Nelly And Tae Heckard, People Who Say She Can’t Sing, “Good Hair,” And Surviving The Industry On Breakfast Club
Ashanti’s new album, Braveheart, drops today, and to promote it, the singer stopped by The Breakfast Club to chat with Charlamagne, Angela Yee and DJ Envy. In their very interesting interview with her, Ashanti touched on everything, including critics who used to talk about her vocal abilities and her sideburns, what she’s learned about the industry, who she’s dating, and of course, Nelly. Here are the tidbits from the 30-minute interview that stood out:
If She’s On Good Terms With Nelly These Days:
“I will say that, there was a space where it was bad. It was really bad. Are we cool? Yeah. We’re okay.
When a man is hurt and a woman is hurt, I think men deal with hurt differently. I feel like we handle our emotions differently. There were a lot of things said and done publicly that should not have been. There was a foundation set and those things shouldn’t have happened.
We both definitely made mistakes in a lot of things. But I will say things do come full circle.”
If Nelly Is the One:
“Um, Nelly is a really good person, he has a really good heart. You know?”
If She Felt A Way About Nelly Going With Tae Heckard Soon After They Split:
“Did I feel a way? I’m very smart and I know him. I knew what the facade was.”
If She Was Dating NFL Baller DeSean Jackson:
“Um…No. We were hanging. I went to a football game. He’s real cool peoples. I can’t go to the game?”
How She Paid Bills Since Her Last Album In 2008:
“I did Broadway. I did Army Wives. I write. People forget early, I was writing for J. Lo, one of J. Lo’s biggest records ever. I wrote for Christina Milian, I wrote for a couple of pop groups. And I’ma be honest, I don’t really like to spend my own money. I know how to save.”
Dealing With Critics Who Said She Couldn’t Sing:
“When you’re hot and you’re on fire, you gotta expect that. When you’re number one and you’re killing it, it comes with the territory. You have to be strong enough. If you’re strong enough to be number one, you have to be strong enough to endure the BS.”
Dealing With Haters Who Said She Had Sideburns Back In The Day:
“I’ma keep it all the way 100. I have nice hair. I ain’t even gonna lie. When you have ‘good hair’ you’re hairy a little bit and you have sideburns [laughs]. Some people love sideburns. This is what I thought though. On TV, on film and in pictures, it looks a little different than it does in person [laughs]. So when you’re looking in the mirror, you know, you gelling them down, but on film and on camera it may look a bit different. I looked at it like, they wack, you know, for saying that. I’m a girl, that’s real feminine for you to be saying that. But then I would look and be like, damn it! [laughs]“
How She Makes Her Relationship With Her Mom-ager Work After All These Years
“We been tight before the industry. My mom and I have an amazing relationship…Our relationship is not, oh because of the music industry, it’s more that we have a relationship and not an authoritive, mother, ‘I’m telling you what to do’ relationship.”
If She Ever Felt Like Giving Up:
“It’s definitely gotten to places where I fee like, ‘this is bulls**t’. This is not how it’s supposed to be. You’re not supposed to have to put in ten times more work and get less the pay. Just conceptually understanding the game and the agendas that people have and the fact that people look at you as a commodity and not a person. Once you understand that, you don’t take things personal. It’s about adapting and understanding it.”
If She Would ‘Allow’ Nelly To Be Friends With Tae Heckard From Here On Out:
“What? Who? I don’t know what ya’ll talking about.”
Dealing With Famous Folks Trying To Holler At Her Mom:
“It’s so annoying. I swear, since I was like 7-years old. Steve Harvey? Jay Leno? It’s really bad. He [Harvey] pushed me out the way. The first time we went to LA to do an interview, he was like, ‘Heeeey, we have Ashanti! Who that? That’s her momma? Tell her momma to come over!’”
If you have 30 minutes to spare, I would recommend checking out the interview. It had quite a few funny moments, and moments where Ashanti kept it really real about the dark side of the industry. Check it out below and share your thoughts.
Ashanti’s back with a new album y’all and she’s coming hard. On March 4, “Braveheart” will be released from her own independent label and Ashanti tells us she’s revealing a lot about her personal life and the “Scars” she’s healed from since ending her relationship with Nelly. Of course that just gave us an excuse to get all in the singer’s business and the main question we wanted to know was whether Ashanti was serious about allegedly saying she’d never get back with Nelly again. Here’s what she told us:
“I’m smart enough to know that never is a strong word. You have to learn to kind of never say never because you never know. But at that moment [when she said getting back together with Nelly was a negative] that’s what I felt.”
Who thinks Ashanti’s going to change her mind somewhere down the line?
Check out our full interview in the video above as Ashanti talks about the new album and coming for fans who try to shade her, and why she’s sick of people (like us) asking her about Nelly. Oops!
After letting the world in for just a little bit, Ashanti is back to protecting her personal life from the nosy public. A few weeks ago it was reported that the “Never Should’ve” singer and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Nelly, reunited after what seemed like the breakup of all breakups.
“Ashanti and Nelly cuddled up next to them and complained Diddy and Rick’s furs took up the seats at every club all weekend,” Page Six reported.
Their reunion was never confirmed, but during her recent appearance on BET’s “106 and Park” hosts Bow Wow and Keshia Chanté tried to get the scoop on the rumored reunion and Ashanti went right back to doing her pre breakup dance, which sort of leads us to believe that the reunion did happen.
“Really I was seen with him? How is that even possible? We probably were in the same area, but we were not taking pictures together, at all,” she said regarding the reunion rumors.
She also avoided questions about whether or not they’re back together.
“What do you mean? ‘Bravehart’ is coming out March 4th. Me and ‘Braveheart’ are together. Me and ‘Braveheart’ spend time in bed together. We say sweet things together.”
What Ashanti was willing to open up about, however, was how difficult it is to live life in the public eye with the interference of blogs and other media outlets.
“I’m definitely used to it. It doesn’t mean that it’s not annoying but you are just, you know, you expect it because that’s what their job is to do. You have to have a thick skin and just know that’s part of the game.”
Watch Ashanti’s interview on the next page.
Back in the day, everyone knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that Nelly and Ashanti were dating. It was a very unkept secret. Clear as day. But for whatever reason neither one of them wanted to acknowledge their relationship with one another in public. And I mean, they really didn’t have to. We all knew what it was.
But these days, now that the two are officially dunzo, Ashanti has been talking quite a bit about Mr. St. Louis. If you’ve been on the site in the past few months, you’ve seen that Ashanti has said that she and Nelly are never getting back together (Taylor Swift), and even explained how Nelly defended her honor one time against 50 Cent.
She’s hasn’t gotten into any nitty gritty details but for someone who was always poppin off like “I never said I was his girl!” it’s certainly a change. So what gives?
Well, the good people over at HipHollywood asked Ashanti this very question. And after hemming and hawing for a minute trying to deflect, she finally gave a very real explanation.
“Being that the album is called ‘Braveheart,’ I have to be that stamp for being brave. And it’s a whole meaning behind everything. The album is all cohesive, it makes sense, and again, is revealing what I’ve gone through, what I’m going through now, just living life and going through different experiences…Everybody has something to say anyway. If you want to find out, get the album.”
Boop! Shameless plug. And I’m not mad at her… not mad at all.
We can certainly appreciate the fact that she’s being honest and finally admitting to what we all knew to be true.
But this raises another question for me, do artists have to have or feel they have to have some type of drama or salaciousness attached to their name in order to make people interested in the art? (Recalls all the hits from Usher’s chart topping ‘Confessions.’) Do you think that’s the case? And if so, do you think this strategy will work for Ashanti?
Check out the interview with HipHollywood in the video below.
Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner and in honor of the biggest game of the year, here are some of our favorite football movies.
Any Given Sunday
Famed director Oliver Stone decided to enlist an all-star cast to focus on the game of football for the film Any Given Sunday. Al Pacino plays coach Tony D’Amato who’s in charge of motivating an embattled team with the new owner (Cameron Diaz) breathing down his neck. With their star quarterback out, he has no choice but to turn to the nervous third-string quarterback Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx). The cast included James Wood, Dennis Quaid and LL Cool J along with legendary NFL Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Lawrence Taylor.
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Last night, after the Grammy’s TMZ ran into Nelly on the street as he was making his way to his car. And of all the things to ask the man, they asked him what he thought about Madonna calling her son the n-word on Instagram. While you might think this is a random question for the rapper, he shared his pretty emphatic opinion.
When the videographer asked Nelly what he thought about the incident and whether or not it was ok, Nelly said “No. Madonna f***ed up.” And she needs to “get her sh*t right.” Nelly only tried to clean it up at the very end saying that Madonna made the right move by apologizing for using the word.
I can’t tell you how hilarious this video is to me…even though I don’t know why.
But on a serious note, I’m glad to know that Nelly is not just another rapper giving a white person a “down” pass and the ability to use the word.
Check out the video below to see Nelly’s reaction.
Being in love is always a great feeling and it’s even greater to share it with the world, like these artists who weren’t shy about having their boos star in a music video with them for all to see.
Usher and Chilli
In 2001, Chilli made a lot of women jealous after she started dating Usher. Although their relationship only lasted for two years, that was enough time for Chilli to appear in two of Usher’s videos: “U Got It Bad” and “U Don’t Have To Call.” After their relationship came to an end, many speculated the songs off of Usher’s Confessions album (which hinted of an affair and a love child) were about their relationship, but the TLC member revealed that Jermaine Dupri’s love life was really the inspiration behind it all.
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“Nelly Was Like ‘Yo, You Need To Apologize To My Girl:’” Ashanti Shares How Nelly “Defended Her Honor” Against 50 Cent
One would imagine that there’s still some sort of unspoken beef between Ashanti and 50 Cent after he called her out on several diss tracks during the early 2000s. If you recall, 50′s G-Unit camp got into an ugly feud with Murder Inc. and no one was safe—not even the Inc.’s “princess,” Ashanti. Though he frequently attacked her during his verbal tirades back in the day, Ashanti says that all is well between she and 50 thanks to her ex-boo, Nelly.
“I would see 50 every now and again and I never had a problem,” Ashanti recently told DJ Whoo Kidd. “He didn’t seem like he had a problem.”
According to the “Never Should’ve” singer, Nelly requested that 50 apologize to “his girl” one year at the VMAs.
“The first time we [me and 50] kind of ‘spoke’ so to speak, we were at the VMA’s in Vegas and Nelly was like ‘Yo, you need to apologize to my girl.’”
Apparently the exchange occurred in front a big group of people and to be honest, we’re pretty shocked that 50 didn’t just add Nelly to his hit list. But instead, he simply apologized to her.
“We were in front of everybody and you know, 50 has a personality, he was like ‘Ashanti I’m sorry! I’m sorry, Ashanti!’ And everybody was dying laughing.”
“Obviously, everybody knew about the beef, G-Unit, Murder Inc. It wasn’t anything personal. It was explained to me that sometimes you’re guilty by association. It’s part of what happens.”
And that’s how Nelly defended Ashanti’s honor against the big, bad Curtis Jackson.
Watch Ashanti’s interview on the next page.
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.