Ashanti Dating History: American Singer’s Love Life

Ashanti Dating History consists of many celebrities. The singer and songwriter, Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, released her six studio albums and appeared in some films and television shows such as Saturday Night Live (2001), Army Wives (main cast in the seventh season), RuPaul’s Drag Race (2018), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Bride and Prejudice (2004), and more.

Born in 1989, Ashanti sold over fifteen million records internationally, throughout her career. Her parents, Thomas and Tina Douglas, are African-American. Ashanti’s mother named her after the Ashanti Empire, which portrayed women’s power.

Ashanti’s singing talent was discovered at twelve by her mother, and she started writing songs in high school. Initially, she struggled for success and got her first break when Irv Gotti spotted her talent.

Ashanti raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005. She helps Make A Wish Foundation and joins other celebrities against discrimination toward the LGBT community. Currently, she is in a relationship with Nelly. Let us peek into Ashanti Dating History.


Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., aka Nelly, is an American rapper, who had an on-off relationship with Ashanti. Their relationship started in 2003 when they met at the Grammy Awards the same year and lasted till 2013. They were spotted together at public appearances from 2003 to 2013 but denied their relationship.

Ashanti and Nelly’s chemistry was visible during their public performances in 2021 and 2022. Finally, they confirmed their relationship on 13 September 2023. Ashanti is reportedly pregnant with Nelly’s child. He already had two kids from previous relationships and adopted two more from his stepsister, who died in 2005.

Ashanti And Nelly In 2023 and 2007
Ashanti And Nelly In 2023 and 2007 (Credit: Paras Griffin/Getty, Denise Truscello/WireImag)

Joyner Lucas

Gary Maurice “Joyner” Lucas Jr., aka Joyner Lucas, was reportedly in a relationship from October 2020 to November 2022. He released his single ‘Fall Slowly,’ featuring Ashanti in October 2020. They had an undeniable chemistry in the video.

On the one hand, Ashanti dreamed of a wedding and having kids with Joyner, according to her tweet. On the other hand, he allegedly cheated on her by having another baby from someone else.

Joyner Lucas And Ashanti In Fall Slowly
Joyner Lucas And Ashanti In Fall Slowly (Credit: Joyner Lucas/YouTube)


Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, aka Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter, investor, and entrepreneur. Born in 1973, Nas is the son of Olu Dara Jones, a Jazz musician. Nas and Ashanti were rumored to be dating from December 2018 to October 2019, when she was already in a relationship with Nelly, according to the rumors.

Ashanti And Nas
Ashanti And Nas (Credit: Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Irv Gotti

Irving Domingo Lorenzo Jr., aka Irv Gotti, highlighted his past relationship with Ashanti in an interview in 2022. Their relationship lasted from March 2001 to August 2004. Reportedly, they were slammed by internet users because Nas was married to Debbie Lorenzo, and Ashanti was in a relationship with Nelly during that period. However, Ashanti denied being Irv’s girlfriend in 2022.

Ashanti And Irv Gotti
Ashanti And Irv Gotti (Credit: Johnny unez/WireImage,

James Harden

Ashanti and James Edward Harden Jr., the professional basketball player, were romantically linked after people spotted her sitting with his family at one of his games in 2018. James plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. He reportedly dated Ashanti from May 2016 to September 2018 and got best wishes from their fans on Twitter.

James Harden And Ashanti
James Harden And Ashanti (Credit: Tim Warner/Getty Images, The Economic Times)

Darnell Dockett

Ashanti dated Darnell Maurice Dockett from February 2015 to January 2016. Darnell is a former professional football player who used to play for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL.

Darnell and Ashanti never confirmed their relationship. However, rumors sparked when she sent a birthday shout-out to Darnell. The mother of his kids reportedly accused him of spending child support on Ashanti than his kids.

Darnell Maurice Dockett And Ashanti
Darnell Maurice Dockett And Ashanti (Credit: FOX Sports, Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

DeSean Jackson

An American football wide receiver and wide agent, DeSean William Jackson, reportedly celebrated his twenty-seventh birthday in 2013 with his family, friends, and Ashanti. They were rumored to be dating from June 2013 to January 2015. He has played for the Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins throughout his NFL career.

DeSean William Jackson And Ashanti
DeSean William Jackson And Ashanti (Credit: Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images, Taylor Hill/WireImage)

Chink Santana

Ashanti’s second single, ‘None Greater,’ was produced by Irv Gotti, 7 Arelius, and Chink Santana. In 2004, she appeared as Chink’s romantic partner in the music video of her single, ‘Don’t Let Them.’ They were rumored to be dating from June 2003 to September 2005. He produced her four studio albums in a row from 2002 to 2004.

Andre Parker, aka Chink Santana, is an American R&B and hip-hop musician and producer. In 2005, Ashanti allegedly had a feud with Keyshia Cole over dating Chink. There was also friction between Ashanti and Nelly over the issue.

Chink Santana And Ashanti
Chink Santana And Ashanti (Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Michael Blackson

Rumors regarding Michael Blackson and Ashanti’s relationship surfaced when they were spotted together on various occasions.

Michael Blackson And Ashanti
Michael Blackson And Ashanti (Credit: gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images, Faye Sadou/AdMedia/SplashNews/Splash News)

For instance, a fan clicked their picture together at the Pretty Little Thing launch party and out of the Peppermint Night Club in 2019.

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