Check out the tea from that sit-down, as well as her thoughts on issues with Irv Gotti, and be sure to watch the interview below. Nelly and I are kind of in the space where, I’m kinda like focusing on my career, he’s focusing on what he’s doing, you know there’s a lot of things that happened this year, you know a lot of things kinda went public more than other things have gone public before, you know what I’m saying? We’re in that space right now and there are things that were said and things that were done, that probably shouldn’t have been said or done, but they have been. [laughs] No, I mean, like I said, you know, when people are around each other for a long time, you know, there are feelings, there are things there, and people get hurt. But um, at that time, at that very moment when I was physically writing that record, I was in the studio in LA, and me and him were in this space of we were getting back together. You know you go through that space where you don’t talk. And we were actually Skyping while I was recording the record.Men handle hurt differently than women handle hurt, you know what I’m saying? Not physically, we don’t want to put that out there [laughs]. You know what’s weird, you know me and Nelly, you know, sometimes we were cool, sometimes we weren’t. You getting on my nerves right now…you go over there, I’m over here…It does. So the record was about [laughs] when we were going through the bad times, but we were cool when I was recording it so it is weird, you know? I remember when I played it for him in the studio he was like, “Ma this is crazy! There’s definitely no beef but, for me, again, just me talking about my movement and being brave and kind of just revealing a little bit more of myself at this point in my career, I feel like Irv kind of paints a picture of what happened with me and Murder Inc. I hear him a lot talk about, “She’s disloyal,” and “Oh, she didn’t throw up the Ms and she didn’t do this and that.” And I feel it’s time to kind of set the record straight on what it really is…I’m a Libra, I’m a very loyal person. I went to the trial, I was there, I was filming in Vancouver and in my contract, I wasn’t ever supposed to leave Canada. The singer gave a “final” answer on if she and Nelly will ever get back together, talked about how that relationship impacted her music (including the song “Never Should Have,” which she confirmed was about him), and how they had an amazing sex life.No, seriously, she touches on that with only the nervous Long Island-based laughter that Ashanti can (she’s so charming). Okay, so we were in a space where we were getting back cool.We’ve definitely scarred each other in a sense to say. It’s something that, I feel like I’m revealing very much, more than I have on previous records. I always get inspiration from real experiences whether I’m going through it or someone close to me is going through it. Anybody with any sense of logic could see that I rode out. I came to the court, to the trial, three or four times when I was not supposed to. But I’m not going to sit here and let the picture be painted one side anymore. But that particular song, it was just weird because I was just writing about it because I was mad. I was contractually doing what I was supposed to not be doing, paying those round trip tickets to come and support and it’s crazy because at that time me and Irv weren’t even speaking. This is the most open and honest Ashanti has ever been, which is good, because all that “Who said we were in a relationship!?
In 2009, Hurd was convicted of stalking and aggravated harassment after Ashanti’s mother and sister received several lewd messages from him.
Here are the highlights: On Nelly: "There was a space where it was bad. Yea." She said that they BOTH did each other wrong (this seemed to refer to "cheating" and stepping outside of the relationship).