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  /  11.17.2021


Ashanti reflected on Fat Joe and Ja Rule’s epic September Verzuz battle in a new interview with Angie Martinez and admitted it was “a little awkward” seeing Nelly again after six years. During the chat, Martinez asked the “Foolish” singer what Nelly whispered in her ear when the two exes reunited for a now-viral hug onstage.

“The crazy part is he didn’t say anything,” Ashanti revealed. “First of all, I didn’t know he was gonna be there. I told Joe, ‘Joe, why you ain’t tell me he was [gonna be there]?’”

“[Joe] was like, ‘Sis, I know. It’s terrible,” she said, doing her best Fat Joe impression. “He was like, ‘I couldn’t risk you not coming if you knew he was gonna be there.’”

“It was very unexpected,” Ashanti added. “I hadn’t seen [Nelly] in like six years or more, spoken [to] or seen. It was a little awkward.”

Ashanti and Nelly dated for 11 years before going their separate ways in 2013. Shortly after Fat Joe and Ja Rule’s Verzuz battle, the 41-year-old songstress spoke with the two rap titans and Remy Ma about the reunion.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” she said during an Instagram Live chat with the three artists. “And that’s the crazy thing. I seen his eyes get big and I didn’t know what was gonna happen. I didn’t know what to expect. It was positive.”

At the time, Ja asked Ashanti if there was any chance of the former couple rekindling their romance, which she quickly shut down. Speaking with Martinez this week, the “What’s Luv?” singer doubled down on her stance and revealed she’s currently dating someone else and “keeping it low and private.”

Elsewhere in Martinez’s interview, Ashanti also shared who she thought won Ja Rule and Fat Joe’s battle.

“You know I’m a loyal person. Joe knows I’m a loyal person. So, my loyalty is always to Ja,” she said. “That’s home team, obviously. I thought it was an amazing battle.

See a clip from Ashanti and Martinez’s chat on Instagram below.

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