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Cousins! Grammy award winning singer Ashanti has officially responded to 20 year old claims surrounding her alleged dating history with Murder Inc. founder Irv Gotti!
Back in August social media was in shambles after Irv came forward with claims that him and Ashanti has been in a relationship. A part of “The Murder Inc Story” docuseries on BET as well as an interview on “Drink Champs” podcast he claims that the two had a sexual relationship during the early 2000s era.
Appearing on Angie Martinez’ ‘In Real Life’ podcast Ashanti cleared up a few things. “We dealt with each other, but was Irv my boyfriend? Was I his girlfriend? Never … Irv had several girlfriends, so I’m a little confused by the label and the description.”
Ashanti says that the manner in which Irv described their situationship was confusing to her because it wasn’t serious. The ‘Happy’ singer also explains that when she decided to keep things strictly professional because she didn’t feel the same way Irv did, he turned “into a completely different person.”
The New York native says that Irv had a chance to speak on the history all of the individuals involved had in making Murder Inc. a household name. She says he failed in taking negatively and cheapened the brand.
She continues, “Irv has flat-out lied about a lot of things It’s weird. It’s very weird when you know you’re lying and you just keep lying. That’s where it becomes a little scary and a little mental.”
Irv shared explained how hurt he was when he found out Ashanti had began dating Nelly even though he was married and didn’t actually divorce until 2013. She says that he banned her from Murder Inc. all together. “Irv was salty. Irv would not let me come to the studio to record. Irv was telling everyone not to record with me. … You know what he said to me? He said, ‘Nah, you want to be with Nelly? Go sign to Derrty Entertainment. We don’t want you,’” .
On ‘Drink Champs’ Irv said that their relationship helped Ashanti’s career and that he created her hit single ‘Happy’ while he was in the shower after they had sex.
Ashanti denied Irv’s claims stating that she wrote ‘Happy’ in a parking lot while waiting for a few of her family members. “I’m trying to figure out what made him even say that. Was I there? I’m confused. I don’t remember this at all.” She continues in saying as she abruptly remembered, “the “parking lot of … C.W. Post College” I was going to see, ‘The Nutcracker’ with my aunt and my cousins.”
The Hollywood Walk of Fame recipient reflected on the past situationship in admitting, “I definitely feel like manipulation played a heavy part into me and Irv’s situation,” Ashanti says. “He would say stuff like, ‘No one wants to record with you, nobody (expletive) with you like that.’ On one hand, he would make it feel like family, and on the other hand, he would tell me, ‘Nobody even likes you.'”
Despite all of the negativity and flat out drama, Ashanti says that Irv helped her career and that she did have genuine love for him.
“I feel like Irv is just hurt and he doesn’t know where to place his hurt and he doesn’t know how to channel it as a man. It’s sad,” said Ashanti. “I genuinely, in my heart, believe that Irv wishes death on me. A million percent.”
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