Inside Nelly’s turbulent love life as star is hit by sex tape leak after split from long-term girlfriend and rape claims

RAPPER Nelly is back in the limelight once again after he accidentally uploaded a raunchy clip of a woman giving him oral sex.

The Ride Wit Me star, real name Cornell Iral Haynes Jr, hastily deleted the X-rated clip and apologized.


It came just months after he split from his long-term girlfriend Shantel Jackson.

Jackson wasn’t Nelly's first girlfriend as the rapper previously dated actress Lashontae Heckard, the singer-songwriter Ashanti and fellow music star Eve.

SHANTEL JACKSON

Jackson met the musician – who is renowned for the tracks Hot In Herre and Dilemma – through a mutual friend in 2014.

In 2017, he credited their initial friendship as the foundation of their relationship.

Nelly said: “Being friends first, I think, is something important. Then, I feel like you come into a situation that’s genuine.

“I think some of my past relationships, I don’t think everybody came into them genuinely.

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“And when you don’t come into them genuinely, sometimes it festers and sometimes you end relationships for the wrong reasons.

"But when you come in it genuinely, and you enjoy just being around that person, that’s important.”

He also said then of the early days of their relationship: “It’s dope, you know? To have anybody, in whatever it is that you’re doing.

"To have the person that you love, the person that you f— with, come out and support you, that’s all you want. That’s all that anybody’s looking for."

STANDING BY HER MAN

Jackson stuck by Nelly after he was arrested on suspicion of second-degree rape in October 2017.

A woman claimed the alleged incident happened on the star's tour bus in Washington state – hours after he had performed at the White River Amphitheater, CNN reported.

Nelly was cuffed and taken to a jail in Des Moines before being released hours later without charges being filed.

The star proclaimed his innocence as he tweeted: “I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation.

“I am confident that once the facts are looked at, it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation.”

His lawyer Scott Rosenblum said: “I am confident, once this scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges.

“Nelly is prepared to address and pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation."

LEGAL TROUBLES

Prosecutors dropped the case after the woman refused to testify and didn’t file charges.

As the allegations hit the headlines, Jackson detailed how “fun” it was to be in a relationship with Nelly.

She told E!’s The Platinum Life: “The best part about being with Nelly is that he always likes to have fun.”

The accuser filed a lawsuit against Nelly for sexual assault and defamation. The star also pursued legal action.

Rosenblum told PEOPLE magazine at the time: “Nelly has suffered very real damage to his reputation.

“He has incurred economic loss and painfully has watched his family suffer.”

In a separate case, an unnamed woman claimed that Nelly sexually assaulted her after his show in Southend, England that was held in December 2017.

Cops investigated but the case was dropped after the woman refused to testify.

Essex Police told Nelly in April 2019 that he faced no further action, the BBC reported.

SHANTEL AND NELLY SPLIT

In July 2021, Jackson revealed she split from Nelly after six years together.

An Instagram follower asked Shantel: "R u [and] Nelly still together? I love seeing u guys together."

She answered: “No we’re not….. Just friends.”

Jackson opened up about the split on the daytime talk show “The Real” months later in December.

She said they went their separate ways as their busy schedules meant they couldn’t spend time together.

Jackson stressed that the pair didn’t part ways on “bad terms”.

She said: “When we started our relationship I was always on the road with him traveling, out of the country, on concerts, all that good stuff, but then when it came to a point where I was home more often building my company Shoe Gummi, or just working on my brand and him being on the road, me being on the road less with him, we started to grow apart.”

NELLY'S PAST LOVE LIFE

Nelly started dating Jackson after his 10-year relationship with the R&B singer-songwriter Ashanti.

The pair met at the 2003 Grammy Awards and were often seen holding hands at star-studded events.

Nelly told People in 2008 that the couple was “serious”.

Ashanti told Meredith Vieira in 2015 that she felt “betrayed”, USA Today reported.

She said: “I think sometimes when people have their own insecurities, it allows them to act out of character. I’ve been betrayed.

“Again, you just have to grow, you have to grow up and accept responsibilities for the things that you do.

'BETRAYED'

“I’m not a big fan of people being cowards. I think it’s really important to know yourself and understand what you want and get it. I’m in a different place right now.”

In 2019, the singer revealed that she hadn’t spoken to Nelly since their split in 2013.

The former couple performed during the Fat Joe v Ja Rule Verzuz battle that was held in Madison Square Garden, New York on September 14 last year.

Ashanti said the encounter was a “little awkward”, the Atlanta Black Star reported.

She said: “You know what, the crazy part is he didn’t say anything.

“First of all, I didn’t know he was going to be there. I told Joe like ‘Joe why you ain’t tell me he was gonna’ be there?”

She added: “He was like ‘Sis I know, I know it’s terrible. He was like I couldn’t risk you not coming if you knew he was going to be there.”

Nelly previously dated Nicole Narain, who was arguably best known for being Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in January 2002, from July-November 2004.

He was in a relationship with Heckard from 2005-14 and dated Eve between February 2002-April 2003.

KELLY ROWLAND RUMORS

Rumors that Nelly and Kelly Rowland dated went viral after fans spotted the pair’s “close chemistry” in the star’s hit Dilemma.

Both representatives for Nelly and Rowland vehemently denied the speculation, Zimbio reported.

Rowland said: “Nelly and I are not dating. He actually has been a friend of Destiny’s Child for years.”

The singer, who rose to fame during the 1990s, branded Nelly a “big brother”.

X-RATED LEAK

In February 2022, a short clip showed an unknown woman participating in oral sex with the famous hitmaker. Nelly’s face does not appear in the 54-second video.

While the clip was quickly deleted, it sent fans wild online.

Nelly told TMZ: "I sincerely apologize to the young lady and her family, this is unwanted publicity for her/them.

"This was an old video that was private and never meant to go public."

The video comes a short time after he ripped iconic singer Madonna for wearing a revealing outfit in various photos.

The 63-year-old posted a series of photos wearing a sexy outfit made up of a tiny top, lacy underwear, and pantyhose.

Nelly said: “Some things should just be left covered up.”


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