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Nelly And Long-Time Girlfriend Shantel Jackson Call It Quits

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Rapper Nelly and his girlfriend Shantel Jackson spent six wonderful years together. However, it appears the two are no longer together.

Us Weekly reports Shantel confirmed the split via an Instagram comment.

“R u nelly still together i love seeing u guys together [sic],” asked one fan.

“No we’re not ….. Just friends,” Shantel replied. She offered no other commentary on the breakup. Shantel’s followers can see that her former flame hasn’t appeared in any Instagram posts in quite some time.

Nelly spoke fondly of Shanel Jackson during his run on Dancing With The Stars

This might come as a shock to Nelly’s fans, especially those who watched him compete on Dancing With The Stars last year. The singer talked about his girlfriend Shantel frequently and even cited her as his inspiration.

“I would not want my life to not have Shantel in it,” Nelly said during his time on the show. “We’ve been seeing each other for five or six years. Any time you can connect with somebody like that, it works out for the long run. She’s sweet, beautiful, and the more we got to know each other, she’s just as beautiful inside.”

The Grammy winner paired up with pro dancer Daniella Karagach for Season 29. In an Instagram live session with fans, Daniella even commented that she believed Shantel made Nelly a stronger dancer.

Nelly/Instagram

“She’s great. She’s really dope. We have a great time, and we understand each other,” Nelly told ET about the love of his life last year. “We have so much in common. She grew up in the inner city, she knows what it’s like to go through certain things in life when you grow up in the inner city. She’s very driven, very passionate about the things she does and she doesn’t accept anything but wanting to be better. And that’s what I love. That’s exactly what I love.”

He even hinted that a proposal was on the horizon. But that’s clearly off the table now.

What’s next for the rapper?

We may not know how Nelly feels about the breakup for some time, if ever. The rapper generally keeps his feelings close to his chest. Getting raw and vulnerable on DWTS was a change for him.

Although the breakup with Shantel Jackson probably wasn’t easy, Nelly has plenty of projects to look forward to. We announced last fall that he plans to appear in Clear Lake, a Buddy Holly biopic. Nelly will portray the rock and roll legend, Chuck Berry.

We aren’t sure when Clear Lake will hit the big screen, but it’s certainly shaping up to be a great film. Other stars like Colin Hanks and Diane Guerrero will also star in the film. Be sure to follow Nelly on Instagram to keep up with his projects.

Check back with us regularly to keep up with the latest celebrity news. We’re here to keep you informed.

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