Nelly and Ashanti’s Baby Bump Reveal Is Just a Dream

One day after Ashanti announced her pregnancy and engagement to rapper Nelly, she debuted her baby bump while clad in a stunning electric blue dress. See the reveal.

By Leah Degrazia Apr 19, 2024 12:04 AMTags
Watch: Ashanti & Nelly Expecting First Child Together

Ashanti has no dilemma about sharing pregnancy updates. 

One day after announcing she was expecting her first child with fiancé Nelly, the "Foolish" singer put her baby bump on full display while rocking a gorgeous blue dress at a marketing conference in Miami. 

In a video posted to her Instagram Story April 18, Ashanti stood on a rooftop by the beach, her long hair tied back in ponytail and paired with statement gold earrings. While the wind blew through her updo, the 43-year-old panned down to show off her growing bump in her sapphire-colored, form-fitting dress. 

Atop the stunning video, Ashanti simply added a heart emoji and tagged Nelly, 49, who she confirmed her engagement with on the same day she announced she had a baby on the way. 

But Ashanti's bump debut wasn't her only stylish reveal as of late. The "Rock Wit U" singer also went all-out to share her pregnancy news, posting a video of her preparing for a performance alongside lyrics from her 2002 song "Baby." When asked how much more time she needs, Ashanti replied in the clip, "I'm gonna need about nine months." 

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And as a first-time mom, Ashanti confessed this is an experience she's been wanting for a long time. 


"This new year of my life is such a blessing full of love, hope, and anticipation," she told Essence, which broke her engagement news April 17. "Motherhood is something that I have looked forward to, and sharing this with my family, fiancé, and loyal fans, who have been so supportive of my career, is an amazing experience."

As for Nelly—who is already father to daughter Chanelle, 30, and son Cornell Haynes III, 25, with ex Channetta Valentine, as well as to adopted kids Shawn and Sydney Thomas, the children of his late sister Jackie Donahue—the "Ride Wit Me" rapper shared a similar sentiment on getting married for the first time.

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"I've never been married," he said on a September episode of Boss Moves with Rasheeda. "My goal is to die married—it's not to have been married. You see what I'm saying? When I make that oath, tellin' you, death do us part for real. You know what I'm saying? But I think the goal is to leave this earth knowing that you had somebody that loved you and was with you."

Keep reading for more stars who have showed off their baby bumps. 

Carrie Underwood

As a host alongside Brad Paisley at the 2018 CMAs, the singer sported 11 different dresses with her growing baby bump including this fabulous number. 


The pop star used this Instagram pic, taken during a maternity photo shoot, to announce she was pregnant with twins.

Jana Kramer

The One Tree Hill star was an open book with her life, from pregnancy cravings to gender reveals and family outings, like this one she posted on her Instagram.

Lala Kent

The Vanderpump Rules star clapped back at haters while expecting baby No. 2 in April 2024.

Eva Longoria

The Desperate Housewives star shared a shot while celebrating Mexico's World Cup win with her baby bump.

Leona Lewis

"Birthday gyal," the singer wrote on Instagram while showcasing her baby bump in a Fleur du Mal cutout knit dress.

Laura Prepon

The actress looked stunning on the red carpet during The Hero film screening in New York City. 

Kate Hudson

"Visualizing and connecting to a healthy birth and my first filthy dirty martini," wrote the Fabletics founder alongside this zen shot of her doing yoga.

Kate Upton

The model rocked her baby bump on the red carpet until right before she gave birth to her first baby.

Khloe Kardashian

The Keeping Up With the Kardashian star embraced her baby bump at her family's Christmas celebration.

Hilary Duff

The former teen idol announced her second pregnancy by posting an adorable shot with boyfriend Matthew Koma.

Pippa Middleton

Kate Middleton's sister looked very elegant at Princess Eugenie's wedding in this Emilia Wickstead dress.

Serena Williams

Gorgeous in green! The tennis star looked stunning while cradling her baby bump at the Met Gala in New York.

Teddi Mellencamp

Before before her due date, the Teddi Tea Pod podcast host attended the 2020 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards.

Chad Michael Murray & Sarah Roemer

The couple was seen attending the premiere of John Wick: Chapter Two at the Arclight in Hollywood. 

Kerry Washington

The Scandal star looked radiant on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards in L.A.

Yvonne Strahovski

The Handmaid's Tale actress' baby had already technically been to The Grand Canyon!


The singer struck a pose while attending the Harper's BAZAAR 150 Most Fashionable Women event in West Hollywood.

Katherine Heigl

The actress delivers tips and tricks to new moms while showing off her Seraphine maternity overbump leggings. 

Porsha Williams

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star was getting ready to have her first baby.

Katherine Waterston

The actress surprised fans with her pregnancy at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. 

Letoya Luckett-Walker

A chic baby bump is a necessity for a night on the town for this former Destiny's Child star.

Kenya Moore

The mom-to-be was flaunting off her bump off.

Francesca Eastwood

The actress and her mom Frances Fisher posed at the 28th Annual Environment Media Awards. 

Lilly Ghalicki

The Shahs of Sunset star announced her pregnancy with a sweet bump pic.

Chelsea Houska

The Teen Mom 2 star wrote on her Instagram, "Oh hey little baby girl."

Lily Aldridge

The model flaunted her growing baby bump on the runway for New York Fashion Week. Here, for Brandon Maxwell.

Brittany Kerr

The expectant mom and husband Jason Aldean hosted Vera Bradley x Blessings In A Backpack's giveaway event in Nashville. 

Erika Christensen

She was awaiting the arrival of baby No. 2! She shared an adorable shot alongside her son, and tagged out other moms-to-be, saying, "S/o to everyone else who's pregnant rn! Everyone who has commented that they're expecting plus lots of ladies I know and I don't."

Kat Von D

The tattoo artist and beauty mogul prepared for her first child's arrival by sharing a relaxing spa day with her husband Rafael Reyes.

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