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Nelly and girlfriend Shantel Jackson have split after six-years together… but remain ‘friends’

Nelly and girlfriend Shantel Jackson have split after six-years together… but remain ‘friends’

Nelly and Shantel Jackson have split after six years together.

The Hot In Here rapper’s long-time girlfriend has confirmed the pair have gone their separate ways but remain on good terms.

Responding to a follower who asked on Instagram: ‘R u [and] Nelly still together? I love seeing u guys together’, she replied: ‘No we’re not….. Just friends.’

Exes: Nelly and girlfriend of six-years Shatel Jackson have split. They’re seen in 2016 together above

Still friends: Responding to a follower who asked on Instagram: 'R u [and] Nelly still together? I love seeing u guys together', she replied: 'No we're not….. Just friends'

Still friends: Responding to a follower who asked on Instagram: ‘R u [and] Nelly still together? I love seeing u guys together’, she replied: ‘No we’re not….. Just friends’

The breakup will come as a surprise to their fans, as Nelly claimed just last year that the pair were ‘working towards’ an engagement.

The 46-year-old rapper admitted he couldn’t imagine his life without the 37-year-old model.

He gushed at the time: ‘I would not want my life to not have Shantel in it. 

‘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.’

Calling Shantel ‘The One’, Nelly added: ‘She’s great. She’s really dope. We have a great time, and we understand each other.

What went wrong? The breakup will come as a surprise to their fans, as Nelly claimed just last year that the pair were 'working towards' an engagement. Seen in 2018 above

What went wrong? The breakup will come as a surprise to their fans, as Nelly claimed just last year that the pair were ‘working towards’ an engagement. Seen in 2018 above

‘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.’

When questioned on the possibility of an engagement, Nelly said: ‘We’re working towards it. When we know, I’ll tell you.’

Nelly’s previous relationships include actress Lashontae Heckard, singer Ashanti, and rapper Eve. 

He was also rumored to have been involved with Destiny’s Child’s Kelly Rowland, who he worked with on the tracks Gone and Dilemma.

The St. Louis rapper has sold more than 22 million albums.

Nelly also has scored four number one singles with Hot In Herre, Shake Ya Tailfeather, Grillz, and his 2002 smash hit featuring Rowland, Dilemma.

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