Nelly, 41, and Ashanti, 35, dated on and off from 2003 to 2012.
Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., better known as Nelly, is one of the most famous rappers in the world. Prior to that, he was in an 11-year relationship with Ashanti, and he also dated Kelly Rowland in 2002.
The move seems like a calculated one to some, especially given the history between Nelly and Loose Cannon.
The two men got into a social media beef last year after Cannon posted a bikini-clad Ashanti as his Woman Crush Wednesday on Instagram. It's not clear whether or not Ashanti's appearance at Loose Cannon's event was a harmless gig or something deeper, but it will likely ruffle Nelly's feathers.
" Nelly quickly shut down rumors that the two were heading down the aisle in the near future, according to Essence. It’s never been a secret that Shanti ain’t exactly sweet and innocent and amongst industry folk it is common lore that Irv Gotti hit that.But for the longest time Cornell chose to disregard rumors that Shanti had been passed around amongst rappers like Jay-Z and Nas as well as among lesser known producers, like Chink Santana.With hits like "Hit in Herre", "Dilemma", and "Work It", the singer and songwriter has won three Grammy Awards and nine Billboard Music Awards. In September, Nelly and Shantel Jackson sparked romance rumors after posting a series of suspicious Instagram pics. Since 2014, the rapper has been dating a woman named Shantel Jackson.