Quote: "I think sometimes when people have their own insecurities it allows them to act out of character, I've been betrayed. Again, you just have to grow, you have to grow up and accept responsibilities for the things that you do. I'm not a big fan of people being cowards. I think it's really important to know yourself and understand what you want and get it. I'm in a different place right now." R&B star Ashanti stays coy on her split from rapper Nelly after nearly 10 years of dating.
Fact: Rapper Nelly has signed on to front a new reality series, which will focus on his hip-hop career, his role as a co-owner of basketball team the Charlotte Bobcats and his family life with his biological children and his late sister's kids.
Quote: "I love her innocent rebelliousness. I say that in a good way because sometimes when you come from such places like Disney and they control your every move and you've been controlled almost your whole childhood and you've got your own thoughts and your own dreams, sometimes when they come out, they may not come out politically correct but they're honest... and I love her for it." Rapper Nelly insists his 4x4 collaborator, former child star Miley Cyrus, means no harm with her headline-grabbing antics, which continued on Sunday (10Nov13) as she spanked and groped a little person during her performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam, Holland, while she also appeared to light and smoke a joint as she accepted an award.
Quote: "I think we have to remember people must be able to express themselves. Music is an artform, it's not made to be politically correct, it's made to be (an) expression. I think she's very talented. I don't think that she's hurt anyone. I mean, I saw a 50 year old kiss two girls on that same stage before and no one said anything." Rapper Nelly had no problems with Miley Cyrus' provocative performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13), pointing out Madonna also shocked audiences in 2003 during her Mtv Vmas set when she locked lips with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
Quote: "I'm trying to campaign, since the government ain't working, we shouldn't have to pay taxes... Paying taxes is supposed to pay for the government, which in turn is not working. So if they're not working, I shouldn't have to pay taxes. And me being in the upper echelon of the tax bracket, (I) feel that the money I could be saving over these next couple of days could be very vital to my survival." Rapper Nelly insists U.S. Government officials should give him a tax break during their ongoing shutdown.
Fact: A third of Pharrell Williams' musical catalogue was created in the shower, including tracks like rapper Nelly's 2002 smash hit Hot In Herre.
Fact: Rapper Nelly is set to star alongside Hollywood action man Sylvester Stallone in upcoming movie Reach Me. The drama, about a group of people who all have a connection to a reclusive former football coach's self-help book, is expected to be released later this year (13).
Fact: Rapper Nelly is releasing a new mixtape for fans to mark his birthday on Friday (02Nov12). The Hot in Herre hitmaker is putting out Scorpio Season - a nod to his star sign. Nelly turns 38 on Friday.
Fact: R&B star Chris Brown rounded up his rap pals Nelly, Waka Flocka Flame, Shawty Lo and Roscoe Dash on Sunday (30Sep12) to take part in an all-star charity basketball game in Atlanta, Georgia against Djs from local radio station Hot 107.9.
Quote: "The first time I met Nelly, he asked me for my autograph... It all started out as a joke." R&B singer Ashanti admits rapper Nelly had an unusual way of grabbing her attention after meeting her at an event in 2005. The couple embarked on a four-year romance.
Fact: Rap star Nelly will play himself on an upcoming episode of hit TV drama 90210.
Quote: "I've been called gay, pregnant and dating Nelly. None were true." Joss Stone dispels some myths about her.
Quote: "That's the thing between me and her, we just like having fun. I think it's always serious when you can hang with a person continuously... and (still) have fun." Rapper Nelly on his romance with R+B singer Ashanti.
Fact: Kanye West, Kid Rock, Fall Out Boy, Nelly, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Wyclef Jean are among the musicians performing in a forthcoming televised series of pop concerts in a special news show spotlighting U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. A Night for Vets: An MTV Concert for the Brave is scheduled to air next week (24Oct08).
Quote: "It's just like he's an uncle now, you know, he calls me knucklehead, he's tryin' to put me in the headlock all the time, it's more of a family gesture when we're around each other or something to that nature, so that feels good." Nelly on his relationship with business partner, sporting legend Michael Jordan.
Fact: Rapper Nelly will give his fans a special preview of his upcoming album BRASS KNUCKLES on Thursday night (04Sep08) when he plays his first MySpace.com gig in Charlotte, North Carolina. But fans who have a T-Mobile Sidekick handset will also be able to catch the concert on their cell phone as it will be streamed live from the venue.
Fact: Nelly has recorded a new track, called SELF ESTEEM, with Public Enemy rap pioneer Chuck D. The collaboration will appear on Nelly's new album BRASS KNUCKLES.
Fact: Nelly's new song PARTY PEOPLE was originally offered to Fergie, who now guests on the track and appears opposite the rapper in the video.
Quote: "When I decided to call it BRASS KNUCKLES, it wasn't about anything violent. It was just a symbolic way of saying how hard I think it is going to hit." Rapper Nelly is confident his new album will prove a success.
Quote: "I grew up singing Jackson five songs. My uncle put a little band together with all the kids, and I used to have to be MIKE. This was a long time ago." Nelly reveals why he was so thrilled when Janet Jackson asked him to duet with her.
Quote: "Dating? He's a great guy and a good friend." Ashanti suggests romance with rapper Nelly has cooled.
Fact: Rapper Nelly and his seven-year-old son CORNELL wore identical rhinestone-encrusted SPIDER-MAN T-shirts to The Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday (31MAR06).
Fact: Nelly's mother is such a fan of the rapper's GRILLZ hit she has the tune as a ringtone for her mobile phone.
Quote: "My son has a grill, he's seven. He's got like the bottom row. He has a Spider-Man chain and it matches his SPIDER-MAN chain." Rapper Nelly has treated his son to a new sparkling set of jewelled teeth.
Quote: <p>"I'm a butt man all the way, but don't get me wrong, t**ties are great." Dirty south rapper Nelly doesn't discriminate when it comes to female assets. </p>
Fact: <p>Rapper Nelly has given a Russian pop star a boost by agreeing to appear on her new album. The HOT IN HERRE hitmaker will rap on pretty ALSOU's new album INSPIRED. </p>
Fact: <p>Nelly celebrated his 31st birthday at the beginning of the month (NOV05) by having a canary yellow diamond grill fitted to his teeth by fellow rapper and jewel dentist Paul Wall. </p>
Fact: <p>Rapper Nelly, socialite Ivana Trump and ALFIE star Nia Long play unlikely buddies in a series of new print advertisements for handbag designer JUDITH LIEBER. In the quirky ads, the trio swap travel stories as they show off a range of Lieber bags and luggage. </p>
Fact: <p>Mississippi rapper David Banner is staging a benefit concert to aid the vicTIms of Hurricane Katrina. Nelly, TWIST and TI will appear at the Atlanta, Georgia show, scheduled for 17 September (05). </p>