Ashanti Announces She’s Pregnant W/ First Child + Engaged!

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Congratulations are in order!

Ashanti reveals she and Nelly are expecting their first child together and they also got engaged. The singer shared a video via Instagram and captioned it, “Baby baby baby baby….”

In the video Ashanti’s team is asking her how much longer she needs before she’s “ready” and in response she says “I need about 9 months.” The video then reads “to be continued..”

During a recent interview, Ashanti also revealed that Nelly popped the big question. “This new year of my life is such a blessing full of love, hope, and anticipation,” she says. “Motherhood is something that I have looked forward to, and sharing this with my family, fiancé, and loyal fans, who have been so supportive of my career, is an amazing experience.” 

We previously reported that Ashanti’s mother, Tina Douglas, seemingly confirmed the pregnancy first. She was asked if Ashanti and Nelly expecting their first child together while on a panel. Now, although Tina didn’t totally spill the beans, she did say it was no secret.

“It is public, don’t get it twisted,” Douglas said. “But it hasn’t been officially announced.”

Fans began speculating that Nelly and Ashanti were expecting a child together after a video of the two on stage performing together previously went viral.

The two were spotted together during Nelly’s Black & White Charity Ball in St. Louis. After they hit the stage, video captures Nelly placing his hand on Ashanti’s belly as the crowd chanted “seal the deal.” Ashanti also placed her hands on her lower belly, which left fans to believe a bun may be in the over. “Did Nelly Just Announce Ashanti Is Pregnant?” asked one fan.

According to Fat Joe, we can thank him for the couples reconciliation.

During a previous Instagram Live session, the “All The Way Up” rapper said that his 2021 Verzuz battle against Ja Rule is what led to the couple’s reunion. “They look so happily ever after,” he said.

“I immediately tell them I need 10 percent of this kid because if it wasn’t for Verzuz, that I brought Nelly out [during] me against Ja Rule, that’s when they saw each other and energy connected again. That’s when he said I gotta have her. He was over there contemplating; he really wanted to go over there,” Fat Joe a. “He goes over there, and that starts the conversation. You know somebody gotta crack the ice — I don’t know why they fell out.”

Congratulations to the beautiful couple.