Nelly Keeps It Real On Ashanti Rumors

Posted on November 18th, 2010 at 11:58 am

Rumors surrounding a romance between St. Louis rapper Nelly and R&B singer Ashanti have been making rounds on gossip blogs for years.

Last month, the New York Post got into the fray by claiming the pair were getting cozy at an event in the Big Apple.

Ashanti only had eyes for Nelly Tuesday night at a private listening session for his album, 5.0. The rumored on-again couple walked into Meatpacking lounge The Griffin and left together, a witness said.

"Ashanti sat by his side the entire night and smiled while [Universal Motown President] Sylvia Rhone read Nelly’s accomplishments. They seemed to be enjoying each other."

RumorFix caught up with Nelly this week at Playhouse Nightclub in Hollywood. That where we asked him flat out about the Ashanti dating rumors.

"We’re cool. We’ve always said we’re friends. You gotta be friends before anything, you know what I’m saying? I think people get caught up in what society wants you to do," he explained to RumorFix exclusively.

"Sometimes you rush to do things and society pushes you together, but society don’t take responsibility if it don’t work. For us, we are taking time and enjoying being friends. It’s a beautiful thing."

Nelly's made a career for himself in the past decade with hit records like "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma." In the 2000s, the Country Grammar rapper sold over 21 million albums, making him the highest selling African-American artist of that decade.

"I mean it’s great, it’s real cool," he said in response to the accomplishment. "It’s a different time now. Everything is more single driven and online so to speak, but to still be in the game, and to still be able to sell two million singles 10 years later and still be relevant in what you’re doing, it’s a beautiful thing."

Nelly's latest album, 5.0, is in stores now.

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