Ashanti Finally Opens Up About Her Split From Nelly (Sort Of): ‘I Mean Things Happen, People Get Hurt, People Have Resentment’

5+ years and a breakup later, Ashanti still likes to go on interview pretending that she was never in a romantic relationship with Nelly. It’s really seems pointless since we all know the deal at this point, but hey, to each its own. The “Never Should’ve Left Me” singer paid a visit to Hot 97 to discuss her new projects, including her upcoming album, Braveheart and her television show, Army Wives. When the time came to discuss her relationship with Nelly, in typical Ashanti fashion, she laughed the questions off and attempted to shimmy around the answers. Fortunately for nosy folks like us, the station’s programming director, Ebro, wasn’t having it and practically dragged the answers out of her. Check out a few excerpts from the interview below.

On if she still keeps in touch with Nelly:

“Yeah, we’re cool. I spoke to him yesterday. We’re good. We’re cool. […] We were great and are [still] great friends.”

On if her new single, “Never Should Have” was based on their relationship and breakup: 

“I mean, it is very obvious that the song came from a very sincere place. A lot of people are asking, ‘What is that about? Who is that about?’ It came from a very sincere place and I think a lot of people have been in a situation where they’ve been betrayed or lied to or taken advantage of.”

On if she and Nelly ever made plans to have children together: 

“[Laughs] Oh my gosh, I mean me and Nelly talked about a lot of things. We talked about a whole lot. He has kids, he has great kids, his niece, his nephew. We talked about a lot, so much.”

On whether or not Nelly’s alleged cheating caused their split: 

“I mean things happen, people get hurt, people have resentment. People carry old things with them. Things just happen in real life, you go through things. […] He has to do what he has to do right now, and I have to do what I have to do right now because sometimes you can distract each other.”

On if she’d ever consider dating a regular Joe, for example, A UPS guy: 

“Nelly use to be a UPS bus driving dude [laughs]. Let me see, would I date a UPS guy? I don’t know, I guess [there] has to be an attraction in every facet. I have to like you. I have to like what you’re about and what you stand for. What you do, your personality. I’m not going to be able to support you, so there has to be a common balance.”

“I think it’s good to be spoiled in different ways because I can spoil somebody in a different way. I want to be spoiled. I grew up by myself for a long time until my sister came.”

 Flip the switch to see Ashanti get grilled by K.Foxx and Ebro.

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