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Just last month, we reported on the shocking rumor that had been circulating among industry insiders that after 10 years of being an “undercover” couple, Nelly gave Ashanti her walking papers. The word on the street was that Nelly let her go after becoming fed up with the singer’s name being practically dirt among industry insiders due to her alleged “popularity” among industry men. Considering the fact that Nelly never publicly claimed Ashanti and that this wasn’t the first time the two were rumored to have gone their separate ways, we assumed that it was simply a rumor, until today, that is.

It’s looking like the break-up rumors may have been true after all. For weeks word has been circulating that Nelly has been dating video vixen and actress Tae Heckard. You probably recognize her for her role as “Jaz” in BET’s The Game. Of course, rumors about celebrities dating are no strange thing, but after Tae posted the above photo to her Instagram page today, the speculations are seeming more and more believable.

Tae and Nelly are not strangers by any means and according to Necole Bitchie, their friendship began almost ten years ago when they met on a music video set. After meeting on the set, the two remained friends and occasionally dated. She is even reported to have gotten Nelly’s nickname “Mo” tattooed on her lower back.

If you recall, back in 2006 she appeared in the music video for Nelly’s song “Grillz” as well. We can’t say for sure if this all means that their romance will result in a long-term relationship or if Tae is just standing in as the rebound girl while Nelly nurses his broken heart. But, there’s one thing that we do know: There’s a lot of history there.

I suppose we have to wait and see how this all plays out. Hopefully, if they do enter an exclusive relationship, he won’t play the same games he played with Ashanti.

Hit the next page to see Tae in the “Grillz” video. She’s the one in the white sleeveless hoodie. What do you think of Nelly’s new lady?

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