Ashanti and the "Country Grammar" entertainer, 40, quietly dated for nearly a decade, yet neither have ever confirmed when they exactly parted ways.
They collaborated on the song "Body On Me" in 2009.
The 34-year-old star sat down with talk show host Meredith Vieira (airing tomorrow) to discuss two big things have affected her life recently—dealing with a longtime stalker and breaking up with fellow hip-hop performer Nelly."We were talking in the beginning of the show all you've been going through with this man, this stalker," Vieira began.
"The way you've handled it to me is very impressive.
A year later, Nelly exclusively told Us Weekly that he was single.
So she paid extra attention to making sure her baby hair looked nice in videos and in pictures.Men handle hurt differently than women handle hurt, you know what I’m saying? Not physically, we don’t want to put that out there [laughs]. You know what’s weird, you know me and Nelly, you know, sometimes we were cool, sometimes we weren’t. You getting on my nerves right now…you go over there, I’m over here…It does. So the record was about [laughs] when we were going through the bad times, but we were cool when I was recording it so it is weird, you know? I remember when I played it for him in the studio he was like, “Ma this is crazy! There’s definitely no beef but, for me, again, just me talking about my movement and being brave and kind of just revealing a little bit more of myself at this point in my career, I feel like Irv kind of paints a picture of what happened with me and Murder Inc. I hear him a lot talk about, “She’s disloyal,” and “Oh, she didn’t throw up the Ms and she didn’t do this and that.” And I feel it’s time to kind of set the record straight on what it really is…I’m a Libra, I’m a very loyal person. I went to the trial, I was there, I was filming in Vancouver and in my contract, I wasn’t ever supposed to leave Canada. We’ve definitely scarred each other in a sense to say. It’s something that, I feel like I’m revealing very much, more than I have on previous records. I always get inspiration from real experiences whether I’m going through it or someone close to me is going through it. Anybody with any sense of logic could see that I rode out. I came to the court, to the trial, three or four times when I was not supposed to. But I’m not going to sit here and let the picture be painted one side anymore. "I think sometimes when people have their own insecurities it allows them to act out of character.I've been betrayed," the 34-year-old said, although she failed to elaborate with specifics. Ashanti kept her 10-year relationship with rapper Nelly close to the vest while they dated, but the same can't be said post-split.