Ashanti and Nelly are full of surprises, and their latest reveal shocked fans the most.

The happy couple have officially tied the knot. Headlines broke about the exciting news on Wednesday about their marriage. TMZ was the first outlet to announce the reports and revealed that the two married six months ago.

Ashanti and Nelly reportedly married in December 2023. The location of their marriage has yet to be specified. But TMZ obtained paperwork that states their union became official in St. Louis County, which is where Nelly grew up. The couple has not confirmed the marriage announcement yet. 

On Tuesday, Ashanti talked about her proposal and dream wedding ideas in an interview with Entertainment.

“I think it’s [wedding] going to be a combination of fashion and glam with Caribbean vibes,” Ashanti said, “ I have to have a beach, ocean, sunshine and palm trees.”

Ashanti and Nelly began dating in the early 2000s before going their separate ways in 2013. The couple decided to give their relationship another try ten years later and have been inseparable ever since. In 2023, the two announced their engagement. Then, in April 2024, Ashanti shared that she and Nelly were expecting their first child.

The two artists aren’t the first celebrity couple to marry privately without the world knowing. In fact, their union adds to the list of other celebrities who have taken a similar approach to protecting the privacy of their relationships.

Issa Rae and Louis Diame

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When Issa Rae made impromptu posts showing her in a wedding dress, “Insecure” fans were just as confused as they were shocked. In July 2021, the actress and producer revealed she married her partner Louis Diame. Rae keeps her personal life private. But in 2019, fans speculated she was engaged after she appeared on the cover of Essence Magazine with what seemed to be an engagement ring. 

Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha

“Scandal” fans are so used to the actress teasing audiences with her on-screen romance with former co-star Tony Goldwyn (Fitz), that they sometimes forget she is married. Kerry Washington married former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha in July 2013. With over ten years of marriage, the couple maintains their privacy by rarely appearing in public together.

Uzo Aduba and Robert Sweeting

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Actress Uzo Aduba married her filmmaker husband in 2020. However, the exciting news was not revealed until a year later. She announced their union with an Instagram post of them in their wedding attire.

Cardi B and Offset

Fans rarely can anticipate what’s next for Cardi B and Offset. In 2018, many supporters were shocked to discover that the two married in September 2017. Cardi B shared a portion of their private ceremony on social media. In the picture, fans could see the couple hand in hand with an officiant in the background as they exchanged “I do’s.”

Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts

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Niecy Nash nearly broke the Internet in August 2020 after she posted photos from her wedding with musician Jessica Betts. Fans were surprised to learn that the actress had remarried. They also did not know Nash married a woman due to her past public relationships with men.