Ashanti confirms she’s pregnant, engaged to rapper Nelly

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After months of speculation, Ashanti has finally confirmed that the rumors are true: She is pregnant.

In a skit shared to her Instagram Wednesday, Ashanti’s seen backstage preparing for a show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. When her mother asks how long she would take to get ready, she pops up out, looking tired, Proov pregnancy test in hand, and says, “Um, Ima need about nine months.”

“Baby baby baby baby….,” she captioned the video, also a reference to the lyrics of her 2002 hit “Baby.”

News also broke Wednesday that in addition to expecting their first child together, Ashanti, 43, and longtime love Nelly, 49, are engaged. 

“This new year of my life is such a blessing full of love, hope, and anticipation,” Ashanti tells ESSENCE. “Motherhood is something that I have looked forward to, and sharing this with my family, fiancé, and loyal fans, who have been so supportive of my career, is an amazing experience.”

The news comes after months of comments from fans who noticed Ashanti switched from her bikinis to more loose-fitting button-up and jersey dresses. 

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