In November 2003, Ashanti released a Christmas album titled Ashanti's Christmas, which was a modest commercial success.In 2004, Ashanti released her third studio album, Concrete Rose, the title of which took on Tupac Shakur's pseudonym "The Rose That Grew from Concrete". S., with first-week sales of 254,000 copies, and eventually became her third platinum certified album.Her mother named her after the Ashanti Empire in Ghana; in this nation, women had power and influence, and Tina wanted Ashanti to follow that model.Ashanti struggled to find success as a singer after being courted by several record labels, including Bad Boy and Jive.A year later, Nelly exclusively told Us Weekly that he was single.(Nelly has a daughter, Chanel, 21, and a son, Cornell, 16, from a previous relationship.) During the daytime talk show, Ashanti got even more personal when she spoke about a man who's been stalking her since 2003.Ashanti and the "Country Grammar" entertainer, 40, quietly dated for nearly a decade, yet neither have ever confirmed when they exactly parted ways.
Her mother, Tina Douglas, is a former dance teacher, and her father, Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas, is a former singer."Why do you think it's hard to trust somebody?" Ashanti kept her answer brief, but didn't hold back.Aside from music, Ashanti has also acted in various productions.
In 2005, she made her feature film debut in Coach Carter alongside Samuel L.
Ashanti kept her 10-year relationship with rapper Nelly close to the vest while they dated, but the same can't be said post-split.