The pair has been linked on and off since 2003, but have stayed notoriously tight-lipped regarding the details of their relationship
Fans of Ashanti and Nelly were no doubt thrilled to see video circulate on social media over the weekend, suggesting that the longtime on-again, off-again couple might have been spotted out on a date.
The two musicians showed up in Las Vegas on Saturday night to watch the sold-out Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia boxing match at T-Mobile Arena and looked cozy seated ringside next to each other. And later, Nelly, 48, and Ashanti, 42, were seen holding hands in video footage captured after the fight.
Ashanti and Nelly’s romance has long been something of a mystery, as well as a source of gossip for fans, as both have played coy in the press over the years whether they are actually together or just friends.
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Ashanti confirmed to PEOPLE in 2005 that they “went out,” but said they were “not boyfriend and girlfriend” — though three years later, she teased that an engagement was “definitely in the future.”
In 2013, she laughed off questions about the rapper in a Hot 97 interview, jokingly asking, “Who said we had a relationship?”
As recently as December, Ashanti joined the “Ride Wit Me” rapper on stage during Power 98.3 and 96.1’s Under the Mistletoe concert in Arizona, and their chemistry was evident as they danced and grinded to their 2008 hit “Body on Me.”
The “Foolish” singer stopped by Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen shortly after, and said she was shocked by the number of fans who responded to the performance with a plea for them to get back together.
“My reaction was wow. It was a lot of comments and a lot of people wanting that,” she said. “What I will say is we’re in a better place.”
When asked by Cohen whether that meant they wouldn’t be getting back together, Ashanti struggled for words, telling the host, “I mean, I don’t…” before making a series of exasperated sounds.
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