St. Louis hip hop veteran Nelly and R&B songstress Ashanti officially called it quits around the end of last year, so it was no surprise when she released the first single off of her upcoming album “Braveheart” a few months later that many people assumed the song to be about him.
The single, titled “Never Should Have,” is a break-up themed ballad that seems to speak directly to the demise of Nelly and Ashanti’s lengthy secret-squirrel coupleship, but during a recent sit down with the Breakfast Club, Nelly put those rumors to rest.
Charlamagne: You and Ashanti good now?
Nelly: Uh, yeah. We always good, man. I’m not a “ill-will” person. I’m never that.
Angela Yee: I mean, well, why you have ill-will towards her, though? Cause didn’t you break up with her?
Nelly: I don’t know but, you said that like you had already………picked a side (laughs).
Charlamagne: She’s a woman. They always pick a side (laughs).
Nelly: Nah, I’m just playing. Like, it aint a side to be picked..
Angela: I’m not picking a side! I am a woman though….no but, she wrote a song about you…
Nelly: She wrote a song about me? Which one?
Charlamagne: “Never Should Have” right?
Nelly: That song was done a year before. I have the original version of that. I picked that song.
Angela: So you’re saying that’s not about you?
Nelly: Can’t be. That song was done a year before it came out.
Angela: Maybe she predicted that she “never should have”…(laughs)
Nelly: That’s what you thinkin,’ huh? (laughs)
Angela: No, I’m saying…she seemed heartbroken, you seemed good.
Nelly: Oh. I don’t think so, I don’t think so. Again, you know, relationships are tough. As a man, you guilty ’til you prove your innocence in them situations, you know what I’m sayin? It’s just like ‘yo, what [did] you do?’
Charlamagne: Yeah. A man can’t never just say “oh, it didn’t work out between us.”
Nelly: Yeah. Or it coulda been, ‘what [did]she do?’
A source told BOSSIP exclusively last year that their break up was due to Ashanti getting her sideline swerve on….do you think Nelly is hinting at that with his response?
Nelly also addressed a rumor that his alleged new boo-thang Tae Heckard is pregnant with his child and more. Hit the flip for more excerpts from his chat with the Breakfast Club.