Ashanti made a bold fashion statement at the 2023 MTV VMAs, using her attire to convey a message. Amidst the provocative and revealing outfits on the red carpet, the "Only U" vocalist's ensemble stood out, as it confirmed her renewed romantic relationship with former partner Nelly.
The 42-year-old artist arrived at the event carrying a personalised clutch bag adorned with a 20-year-old photograph of herself and the "Ride Wit Me" rapper, who is 48 years old. "We are currently in a positive space, having a lot of fun," she exclusively revealed on the carpet.
Accompanied amidst the crowd
When queried about the possibility of a future collaboration between the two, she responded with a cautious "Perhaps!" while being escorted through the crowd. Although the accessory sparked much conversation, her sequined gown deserved recognition, particularly for its turtle-shaped bra cups.
Last December, Nelly and Ashanti were reunited for a passionate performance at the Power 98.3 and 96.1's Under the Mistletoe concert in Arizona. This prompted Ashanti to reveal they were in a better place.
Embarking on a tour
The couple, who have had an on-again, off-again relationship, has recently sparked rumours of a rekindled romance a decade after their 2013 breakup. In April, the musicians were seen in Las Vegas watching the Gervonta Davis vs Ryan Garcia boxing match, seated ringside next to each other and appearing affectionate.
They were later spotted holding hands. A source close to the pair revealed they have been touring, performing, and spending time together. In June, they publicly posed with their arms around each other at a red carpet-event.
Engagement in the forthcoming time
The romantic involvement between Ashanti and Nelly has long been a subject of intrigue and speculation among their fans. Both parties have been reticent in the media over the years, neither confirming nor denying the nature of their relationship.
In 2005, Ashanti acknowledged that they had "gone out" but clarified that they were not in a committed relationship. However, three years later, she hinted that an engagement was possible.
Authentic romantic attachment
In 2014, Ashanti disclosed in an interview with Sway in the Morning that Nelly was her first true love. She later affirmed on Hot 97 that there was no animosity between them.
The 2023 MTV VMAs will be broadcast live from The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Tuesday, September 12th, on CBS, BET, BET Her, VH1, Comedy Central, CMT, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Nickelodeon, and Paramount Network