RIDE Wit Me singer Nelly burst onto the music scene with his natty lyrics and streetwise plaster-come-style-accessory on the side of his face.
He reached a career high with his collaboration with Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, yet hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons after he was accused of rape. Here’s what we know about the chart star.
Who is Nelly and how old is he?
American rapper and hip hop star Nelly was born in Texas, America, in 1974.
The 42-year-old’s real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.
As well as his music credentials, he has dabbled in business as an investor and entrepreneur, as well as brief stints on-screen as an actor.
What are Nelly’s most famous songs?
Nelly first burst onto the music scene in 1993 with his group, St Lunatics, but his career notched up a level six years later when he signed to Universal Records.
Then followed his solo career and best-selling album Country Grammar, which was swiftly followed by Nellyville -crammed with fans’ favourites including his Dilemma duet with Kelly Rowland and saucy track Hot in Herre.
More hits followed as he teamed up with Fergie, T-Pain and Akon and Ciara, as well as reuniting with Destiny’s Child vocalist Kelly.
What is Nelly’s net worth?
According to the RIAA rankings, Nelly is the fourth-best selling rap artist in American history.
The statistics place him as selling 21 million albums in the US.
Figures this year suggest Nelly has a net worth of $60million.
Is Nelly in a relationship?
Nelly has been dating famous fashion model Shantel Jackson since 2014, after previous relationships with Ashanti and Kelly Rowland.
The beauty, who is working on her own line of unisex clothing, has also starred in numerous films and music videos.
She previously dated boxer Floyd Mayweather.
When was Nelly arrested over rape allegations and what are the claims?
A 21-year-old female has accused Nelly of raping her on a tour bus without using a condom.
The Hot in Here singer insisted he is “completely innocent” after being arrested on suspicion of rape on October 6, 2017.
He was released by cops a short time after being detained.
His accuser has claimed she met Nelly in a Washington club and got “tipsy” drinking at his table, before travelling to his tour bus for an after-party, TMZ reports.
The Seattle resident alleges that the hip-hop star tried to have sex with her when they were in his room.
She claims she refused and has alleged that the musician told her to “shut up” before having sex with her without using protection.
The accuser has claimed that she was later offered money before being kicked off the bus by a woman who threw $100 after her.
Nelly’s lawyer Scott Rosenblum told TMZ: “It does not surprise me that she wanted to have her story publicized.
“That is playbook 101 of a person with an agenda and clearly she has one. The agenda is money, fame and notoriety.”
Rosenblum said Nelly’s team plan to prove his accuser is not telling the truth.
What has Nelly said about the rape allegations?
The chart star took to his Twitter account to deny any suggestion of rape.
In a series of lengthy messages, he wrote: “Let me say that I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation.
“I am completely innocent.
“I am confident that once the facts are looked at , it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation.”
In another tweet, he said: “I do want to apologize to my loved ones for the embarrassment and for putting myself in a situation where I could be victimized by this false and defaming allegation.”
He also went on to thank fans for their “unwavering support” and assured them he would be vindicated.
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