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Ashanti and Nelly have been married for months, according to Entertainment News

Ashanti and Nelly have been married for months.

The couple rekindled their romance in 2023 after more than a decade apart, and in April revealed they were engaged and expecting their first child together.

But it has now emerged that they tied the knot long before they made the announcement.

According to public records from TMZ, the musicians are legally husband and wife, with their wedding date set for December 27, 2023, almost six months ago.

The paperwork doesn’t specify which city they’re paired in, but it was made official in St. Louis County, Nelly’s hometown.

It’s unclear if the couple is also planning a public wedding ceremony for family and friends, but that may be what they’ve been teasing in recent months.

Meanwhile, Ashanti, 43, recently admitted she was caught off guard when 49-year-old Nelly – who already has Chanelle, 30, and 25-year-old son Cornell from his previous relationship with Rhonda Mack – popped the question.

She told Entertainment Tonight: She shared: “It was just such a beautiful, intimate moment. We weren’t dressed.”

Ashanti was actually wearing one of Nelly’s T-shirts and boxer shorts when he proposed.

She said: “I had a feeling (the proposal) was going to come soon. I didn’t know when. The way it happened was just so funny. I’m sitting in bed watching TV with boxers on.”

Ashanti recalled feeling “shocked and surprised” in the immediate aftermath of the proposal.

She said: “I gave him the biggest hug and kiss ever. I FaceTimed everyone I know… I was overjoyed and shocked and surprised and happy, kind of, all in one.”

Late last year, Nelly said their sudden reconciliation wasn’t “planned” but admitted they had “understood” each other better because of their split.

Speaking about Boss Moves with Rasheeda, he said: “It wasn’t something we had planned. We both kind of did what we did. But sometimes, because we are separated, you understand each other better.

“You might say, ‘Well, show me exactly what they see.’ We can all be defensive in our own relationships at times.

“We know we’re wrong, but we stand by it. You know what I mean? But we’re all victims of that.”

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