This Hip Hop Mogul Just Opened Up About Allegedly Having an Affair With Ashanti

We all know how private R&B singer Ashanti is about her relationships. Though the “Foolish” crooner occasionally alludes to her romances in her songs, she’s rarely commented to the media about them. But if you’re curious about her romantic history and want to know more, you’re in luck.

A notable hip hop mogul just opened up about his alleged relationship with Ashanti, explaining that they had a fling in the early 2000s — while he was still married.

Ashanti at an event
Ashanti at an event | Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage

Who is the mogul who allegedly had an affair with Ashanti?

It’s Irv Gotti. Gotti is a music executive who co-founded Murder Inc. Records, a label that helped launch the careers of artists such as Ja Rule and Lloyd. Ashanti joined the team in the early 2000s and released her debut, self-titled album in 2002.

Gotti and his family discussed the alleged affair in an October episode of Growing Up Hip Hop: New York. The music mogul had been preparing for a Murder Inc. reunion show but said that it was hard given that he was not on good terms with everyone associated with the label, specifically Ashanti.

His ex-wife, Deb Lorenzo, then brought up their alleged affair. “We were still married, but we were separated when they were dating,” she added in a confessional.

Apparently, Gotti’s infidelity, which extended beyond Ashanti, made Lorenzo leave him while their daughter was in middle school.

But his relationship with the singer didn’t last long, either. It apparently fizzled some time after Murder Inc. became entangled in a federal investigation. Ashanti left the label in 2009 and started her own.

It’s a complete change in direction from Gotti’s previous admissions. In 2017, he told Funkmaster Flex that he did not begin to date Ashanti until after Lorenzo had pushed him away and put him out of their home. He also told The Breakfast Club in 2013 that they had never had a physical relationship.

“We didn’t have sex,” he declared. “I never slept with Ashanti.”

As of writing, Ashanti has not commented on the matter.

Who else has Ashanti dated?

Her most known relationship is with Country Grammar rapper Nelly. They were first romantically linked in 2003, but it wasn’t until 2008 that he confirmed their relationship. The romance would last another four years before they called it quits.

In March of 2015, Ashanti opened up about their breakup, explaining that it came down to trust.

“I think sometimes when people have their own insecurities it allows them to act out of character. I’ve been betrayed,” she explained on The Meredith Vieira Show (via Us Weekly).

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

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She has since been linked to NBA star James Harden and comedian Michael Blackson, but she has not confirmed or denied the reports.