Actor and Model Shantel Jackson revealed on social media on Saturday that she and rapper Nelly have split.
The couple had been together for more than six years, but now Jackson said they are "just friends."
In her latest Instagram post, a follower asked Jackson: "R u [and] Nelly still together? I love seeing u guys together."
In reply to the comment, she wrote: “No we’re not….. Just friends.” However, neither Jackson nor Nelly have revealed the cause of the breakup and the rapper is yet to make a public comment.
However, in October, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Nelly, talking about his relationship with Jackson, said, "She’s great. She’s really dope. We have a great time, and we understand each other."
"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."
The 46-year-old rapper further added, "She’s sweet, beautiful, and the more we got to know each other, she’s just as beautiful inside."
Talking about their marriage in the future, Nelly had said, "We’re working towards it. When we know, I’ll tell you."
Given the rapper's previous comments, fans were shocked to hear about their split.
The duo was first introduced through a mutual friend and then got together in 2014.
In 2017, he credited their initial friendship as the foundation of their relationship, sharing: “Being friends first, I think, is something important.
"Then, I feel like you come into a situation that’s genuine. I think some of my past relationships, I don’t think everybody came into them genuinely."
"But when you come in it genuinely, and you enjoy just being around that person, that’s important," Nelly had said.