The Real Reason Nelly And Ashanti Broke Up

In the first half of the 2000s, Nelly and Ashanti were two of the biggest stars in the music world. By 2003, Nelly had released the chart-topping songs "Hot In Herre," "Dilemma," and "Shake Ya Tailfeather." Meanwhile, Ashanti made history in 2002 when she became the "first female performer to simultaneously hold the top two places on the Billboard Hot 100" with her hits "Foolish" and "What's Luv?," per Empire Online. When Ashanti and Nelly began dating, it seemingly made perfect sense. The artists appeared to have plenty in common not just creatively, but personally. For nearly a decade, they were a musical power couple.

All that changed in 2013 when the couple broke up. Their relationship was fairly private in the first place, and they kept the details of the breakup even more private. For a long time, both parties were tightlipped about the cause of the split, refusing to confirm anything beyond the basic fact that they were no longer together. However, years after they went their separate ways, Ashanti revealed a bit more about the uncoupling.

Did Nelly betray Ashanti?

For years after their breakup, neither Nelly nor Ashanti seemed to want to place any blame regarding the end of their relationship. That changed at a concert in 2018. Taking the stage, Ashanti began, "I've been betrayed before. Publicly at that." Someone in the crowd yelled out, "F**k Nelly!" Ashanti pointed at them and just said, "Word," seemingly confirming what many had suspected for a while: the reason for the end of the relationship was Nelly's betrayal of Ashanti and not the other way around.

Ashanti's 2018 comments came after even vaguer comments on The Meredith Vieira Show in 2015. Speaking about the betrayal, the singer said (via US Weekly), "I think sometimes when people have their own insecurities, it allows them to act out of character. I've been betrayed." Ashanti went on to say, "I'm not a big fan of people being cowards," adding, "I'm in a different place now." On Watch What Happens Live in 2019, Ashanti told Andy Cohen that she had not seen Nelly since they broke up six years prior. 

While Ashanti clearly has no interest in divulging the nitty gritty details of the breakup yet, it seems like she blames Nelly for the split and has no interest in ever getting back together.