Ashanti pregnant: due date, baby’s gender & all the pregnancy details

13 June 2024, 11:20

Nelly posts birthday tribute to Ashanti after rekindling romance

By Anna Suffolk

When is Ashanti due to give birth to her baby with Nelly? What is the gender of her baby? Here is everything we know after they rekindled their decade-long romance.

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R&B singer Ashanti, 43, has revealed she is pregnant with her rapper boyfriend Nelly, 49 in December 2023, with a source confirming rumours to Us Weekly: “Nelly and Ashanti are welcoming their first baby together.”

The news came just months after Nelly and Ashanti rekindled their romance in Summer 2023, ten years after ending their decade-long relationship.

In April 2024, Ashanti confirmed the news themselves on social media, revealing that they are expecting their baby, and are also engaged! Ashanti started her maternity leave in June 2024 after performing her final show in Kansas, with Lloyd saying: "This is gonna be Ashanti's last show before she goes on maternity leave" and also saying "good luck Mommy"!

Nelly & Ashanti are soon to be parents!
Nelly & Ashanti are soon to be parents! Picture: Getty

Ashanti took to Essence magazine to share the exciting news: "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.”

The artists first met at the Grammys in 2003 but called things off in 2013, and have now announced their pregnancy, due in summer 2024, so here's everything you need to know!

Ashanti pictured in April 2024.
Ashanti pictured in April 2024. Picture: Getty
  1. When is Ashanti and Nelly's baby due date?

    So far, Ashanti and Nelly have not publicly revealed when their little one is due, however we do know it will be sometime in spring nah it / summer 2024.

    Ashanti, 43, first sparked pregnancy speculation in December 2023 when she attended Nelly’s Black and White Ball in St. Louis with her partner.

    During the event, she put her hand on her stomach, and Nelly did the same, and broke into laughter after hinting together.

    Ashanti & Nelly pictured at Halloween 2023.
    Ashanti & Nelly pictured at Halloween 2023. Picture: Getty

    In April 2024, Nelly posted an Instagram story of him and Ashanti, where her growing bump looked very visible.

    "Of course not beautiful I'm fine..!! Luv U2," Nelly captioned the picture, suggesting she is nearly ready to pop!

    In May 2024, the pair celebrated Mothers Day together, their last before welcoming their little one.

    Ashanti and Nelly in May 2024.
    Ashanti and Nelly in May 2024. Picture: Instagram
    Nelly and Ashanti pictured in Apr 2024.
    Nelly and Ashanti pictured in Apr 2024. Picture: Instagram
  2. What is Nelly and Ashanti's baby's gender?

    Nelly and Ashanti have not revealed the gender of their little one, and may indeed choose not to share the gender of their baby until they are born.

    In response to their rekindling romance, a source told Us Weekly: “A few years ago, Ashanti never would’ve imagined reconciling with Nelly, but they’re enjoying spending time together,” the insider said at the time. “They don’t want to rush anything.”

    They went Insta-official in October 2023, as Nelly toasted to Ashanti's 43rd birthday.

    The pair were a noughties it couple.
    The pair were a noughties it couple. Picture: Getty

    Fans have speculated that Nelly and Ashanti are welcoming a baby girl, after the singer wore a baby pink oversized t-shirt whilst performing with the 'Just a Dream' rapper.

    A fan commented underneath a post of the pair and said: "Somebody said not them wearing gender reveal colors," as another quipped: "Think they telling us it's a girl lol."

    Ashanti and Nelly seem to be going from strength to strength in their relationship, and frequently share adorable posts across social media.

    Nelly & Ashanti Celebrate The 10th Anniversary Of E11EVEN Miami
    Nelly & Ashanti Celebrate The 10th Anniversary Of E11EVEN Miami. Picture: Getty

    Despite not officially announcing her pregnancy, Ashanti has kept fans guessing after wearing a variety of oversized jerseys whilst performing.

    "The bigger the belly the bigger the shirts lol I ain’t mad at it," speculated one fan.

  3. How many kids does Ashanti have?

    Ashanti does not have any children, and this baby with Nelly will be the 43-year-olds first!

    The pair originally met 20 years ago at a press conference for the Grammy Awards, and are now expectant parents.

    That old school R&B love >>>>>
    That old school R&B love >>>>>. Picture: Getty
  4. How many kids does Nelly have?

    Unlike Ashanti, Nelly does have children from a previous partner.

    He shares a son, Cornell Hayes III (24), and daughter, Chanelle (29), from a previous relationship.

    He also has two adopted children from his stepsister Jaqueline Donahue who died on March 25, 2005.

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