When asked if he and Ashanti are 100% split after being together a long time, Nelly asked who even said they were a couple in the first place?  Nelly said:

“Who said that?   Well what have we always said?  Of course I’m single.  I’m not married, she’s not married.”

“Here’s the thing.  I’ve never said I’m in a relationship, she’s never said she’s in a relationship.  I don’t know where they do that at.  But we’ve always admitted to being friends.

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He then gushed about how great of a girl she is:

“We hang out.  She’s a very sweet girl.  Very pretty girl.  Very talented.  She does her thing as far as her career and I do my thing as far as mine.”

Nelly also gave his views on why there are so many single, black, intelligent and beautiful women out there:

“This is just my opinion.  I think some girls want the perfect guy.  I’m not saying he doesn’t exist, he just has to exist for you.  It’s not going to exist for society…and for you to say “this is the perfect guy”. 

“We interpret relationships wrong a little bit.  Instead of ‘Do we look right in society’s eyes?’, it should be ‘Does he look right in MY eyes?  Does he take care of me..make me feel special?’  He may not be 6’2 broad shoulders and all that…but I’ve seen girls turn down a great guy because he doesn’t look the part.”

“Then you got the guys who look the part, but don’t act the part.  It’s just about coming up with that balance.  Society has also put us in a rut–either brothers are in jail…or don’t like girls no more.  To each his own.”

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