Irv Gotti Claims That Ashanti & Nelly’s Relationship Blindsided Him & Broke His Heart, While Seemingly Still Married To His Wife [VIDEO]

Irv Gotti, Ashanti, Nelly

Irv Gotti Claims That Ashanti & Nelly’s Relationship Blindsided Him & Broke His Heart, While Seemingly Still Married To His Wife

Music exec Irv Gotti is being called out by fans after recently speaking about his alleged previous romantic relationship with Ashanti.

The Murder Inc. Records co-founder joined N.O.R.E. for an upcoming episode of Drink Champs, where he discussed surprisingly finding out that Ashanti and Nelly were an item. According to Irv Gotti, born Irving Domingo Lorenzo Jr., he was in love with his label artist at the time he discovered she became romantically involved with the Country Grammar rap star. However fans point out the 52-year-old producer was seemingly still married at the time of reference.

During the interview promo clip, Gotti began speaking on the “Foolish” singer, stating:

“I can get past you wanting to be with Nelly” 

To which N.O.R.E. laughed and quickly rebutted:

“Sounds like you didn’t get past that, just to be honest”

Ashanti, Irv Gotti

Gotti paused before continuing:

“At the time it happens, any man….is hurt. The chick you, f*cking are in love with, is with this n*gga. You wanna know how I found out?”

The famed producer continued, revealing that an NBA game he happened to be watching suddenly pictured Nelly with Ashanti on his arm. He stated:

“Listen to this, it was God wanted me to find out….I was at home. NBA package, I like watching sports. ‘Oh my God what’s this commotion going on in stadium?! We just found out what the commotion is. Nelly has walked in with Ashanti’.” 

Ashanti, Nelly

While the story received laughs from the Drink Champs crew, fans couldn’t help but be confused by Gotti’s relationship timeline. Many pointed out that the award winning record producer was seemingly still married to his first wife Debbie Lorenzo.

As previously reported, Debbie Lorenzo has admitted that she and Gotti were separated at the time he began dating Ashanti. However, the music exec’s ex says they were legally still married. During a 2019 interview, she stated on the relationship:

“We were still married, but we were separated when they were dating. I was used to it from the beginning, like im going and traveling, I just wasn’t used to the women. That was new like, ‘where did these h*es come from?’”

Though Gotti may have been hurt by the situation, Nelly and Ashanti went on to date for 11 years on and off again. The pair reunited at a Verzuz battle last September after breaking up back in 2014. However Ashanti insists their nothing more between them than what meets the eye.


What are your thoughts on Irv Gotti’s recent story about Ashanti and nelly? Tell us in the comments! 

Authored by: Kay Johnson