Nelly on marriage: ‘If it happens, when it happens, that’s it!’

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Rapper Nelly sounds off on marriage, revealing that it’s a one-time thing for the superstar recording artist – assuming a walk down the aisle is in the cards for him.

Ahead of his Smooth Stadium Tour, alongside Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys and Chris Lane, the St. Louis native caught up with People, and spilled the beans on all things tour life and whether fans can expect to hear wedding bells in the near future.


“We’re backstage doing it all — barbecuing, a little bit of other stuff I’m not going to say,” Nelly said of life on the road. “It’s a fun vibe, and the thing I love about FGL is their appreciation for all kinds of music. They’re country artists but they’re real fans of music, period, across the board. They know their hip-hop. They know their R&B. They know their pop.”

Of “the baby” of the tour, country singer Lane, Nelly added, “I’m going to be hanging out with him because he’s going to get all the girls. … He’s got the hair going, he’s the young kid — I can already see where this is going.”


Of course, Nelly really isn’t looking for love. As fans may know, the rapper has been locked into a relationship with boxer Floyd Mayweather’s ex Shantel Jackson for quite some time now. Still, it appears he isn’t quite ready to get down on one knee.

“The thing about marriage to me is … I take it very, very seriously. It’s something I’m only doing one time,” the rapper explains. “For me, it’s almost like society would prefer you to have been married and got divorced and tried it then to be married and stay married. For me, it’s more important to die married than to have been married and it didn’t work out. I want to leave this place knowing I was in love and somebody loved me and we were together, then to be like, ‘Well I’m never getting married again and I’m ruined.’”

He added, “If it happens, when it happens, that’s it! She’s locked in man, she’s trapped. Death do you part is serious around here!”

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