Nelly and his longtime girlfriend Shantel Jackson are no longer an item.
The couple had been together since 2014 but today Shantel confirmed under a post on her Instagram page that she and Nelly are now just friends.
When asked by a fan, “R u (and) Nelly still together I love seeing u guys together,” Shantel replied, “No we’re not….Just friends.”
This may come as a shock to fans considering Nelly said a little less than a year ago that he couldn’t imagine his life without Shantel and that the pair was “working towards” marriage, according to Yahoo LIfe.
“I would not want my life to not have Shantel in it,” Nelly said. “We’ve been seeing each other for five or six years. Any time you can connect with somebody like that, it works out for the long run. She’s sweet, beautiful, and the more we got to know each other, she’s just as beautiful inside.”
Marriage is apparently very serious for Nelly, who mentioned to PEOPLE that he only wants to walk down the aisle once.
“The thing about marriage to me is … I take it very, very seriously. It’s something I’m only doing one time,” he said. “For me, it’s almost like society would prefer you to have been married and got divorced and tried it then to be married and stay married. For me, it’s more important to die married than to have been married and it didn’t work out. I want to leave this place knowing I was in love and somebody loved me and we were together, then to be like, ‘Well I’m never getting married again and I’m ruined.’”
Shantel was riding with Nelly for nearly seven years after previously being engaged to boxer Floyd Mayweather. She stood beside Nelly after he was accused of rape in 2018, in which she was subpoenaed to testify.