‘we’re just friends’ shantel confirms breakup with nelly

Shantel Jackson and Nelly [photo courtesy]>

Shantel Jackson and Nelly [photo courtesy]

by Beatrice Ambasa August 2, 2021

RnB singer and his longtime girlfriend Shantel Jackson have split, according to Jackson herself.

The 37-year-old actress broke the news Saturday in the comments section of her latest Instagram post. After one user asked her if the couple was still together, Jackson confirmed the two had separated.

"No we're not ….. Just friends," she wrote.

Nelly, 46, and Jackson have been dating since 2014. In February, the rapper told PEOPLE what he felt helped maintain the spark in their relationship: "Friends first. Being friends helps any relationship."

Nelly said Jackson was supportive of him while he competed on Dancing with the Stars in late 2020. 

In October, he confirmed that he believed Jackson was "the one," which he revealed during an episode of the ABC reality show.

When asked by Entertainment Tonight about the possibility of an engagement, Nelly said the couple was "working towards it," later adding, "When we know, I'll tell you."

"We have so much in common," Nelly told ET. "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."