Did Nelly and Kelly Rowland Ever Date?

Seeing the names Nelly and Kelly Rowland brings instant nostalgia to not only millennials but all fans of good music. Back in 2002, you could probably recite every word to the rapper and singer‘s mega hit “Dilemma.” Then when the video for the track was released, you couldn’t enough of seeing them dancing together. But something anyone who’s ever watched that video has wondered is: Did they ever date?

Here’s the answer to that, plus what Kelly has said about that glaring error in the video of a message typed on a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

Nelly and Kelly Rowland perform onstage together in Miami
Nelly and Kelly Rowland perform onstage together in Miami | Larry Marano/Getty Images for Jazz In The Gardens

Rowland answers fans after she becomes part of a Microsoft Excel meme

The “Dilemma” video takes place in the fictional town of Nellyville where Rowland and her mother, played by Patti LaBelle, move to. The video shows that Rowland has a boyfriend but still gets pretty flirtatious with Nelly. In one scene, the former Destiny’s Child member checks a message on her Nokia 9210 which reads: “Where you at? Holla when you get this.”

The problem is the message appears to have been typed on a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, with the grid and letters clearly visible in the shot. The error has been shared on TikTok over a million times.

Rowland addressed the blunder during an appearance on The Real telling the hosts: “Here’s the sitch, OK. I don’t know what that is. I don’t know what Microsoft Excel is, I don’t know I don’t have a clue. So when I saw all those memes I was like, ‘I don’t care!’ Literally thinking, what is it?”

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The singer reveals whether she ever dated the rapper

Because the “Hot in Here” rapper and “Stole” artist appeared to have so much chemistry in the 2002 video many people thought that there was a romance brewing behind the scenes.

Camps for Nelly and Rowland have always denied those rumors and at one point the songbird stated they were very close but there was nothing and has ever been anything romantic between them.

“Nelly and I are not dating. He actually has been a friend of Destiny’s Child for years. Nelly’s like a big brother,” Rowland stated (per Zimbio).

Are Nelly and Rowland in relationships today?

Nelly and Kelly Rowland pose for photo together at Republic Records Post Grammy Party
Nelly and Kelly Rowland pose for photo together at Republic Records Post Grammy Party | Michael Bezjian/WireImage

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These days Rowland is married and has children. She wed Tim Weatherspoon, who is a talent manager, on May 9, 2014, during an intimate ceremony in Costa Rica. The couple welcomed two kids, Titan Jewell and Noah Jon, and reside in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles.

Nelly had been in a relationship with Shantel Jackson since 2014. But in July 2021 when a fan asked her via Instagram if they were still together she said: “No we’re not ….. Just friends.” Prior to dating Nelly, Jackson had a very public breakup with boxing champ Floyd Mayweather.