Nelly reportedly will only propose to longtime girlfriend Ashanti if she can be a more independent person and no longer depends on her mother.
Hip-hop artist Nelly, as reported by Star magazine, "can't stand" Ashanti's mother Tina Douglas that he won't propose to the songstress though he's more than ready to do so after five years of dating. It is Tina's domination over Ashanti that Nelly doesn't like.
About that, a source tells Star, "Tina sticks her nose in everything because she's also Ashanti's manager. She's always pushing Ashanti to make more money, to always look great. It stresses her out, and Nelly doesn't like that." Despite the fact that Nelly himself has been encouraging his singer girlfriend to not always depend on her mother, still "she's kind of afraid of" Tina because Tina "has such a strong personality."
That is why, Nelly has been telling Ashanti that he won't propose to her unless she "puts her mom in her place soon." The source claims, "Before he makes her his wife, Nelly wants to know that Ashanti can make decisions on her own."
Nelly and Ashanti have been dating since 2003. Despite their low-key love life, Nelly recently declared that their romance "is serious". "That's the thing between me and her, we just like having fun," so he said at the Lavo club in Las Vegas, where he was celebrating his 34th birthday. "I think it's always serious when you can hang with a person continuously and [still] have fun."