Cornell Tral Haynes Jr. professionally known as Nelly is an American rapper, singer, and entrepreneur. Before starting his solo career in 2000, he already established his musical career with St. Luncatics, a Midwest hip hop group in 1993. He debuted with his solo album Country Grammar which peaked at number one on the Billboard 200.
His other tracks like Hot in Herre, Dilemma (featuring Kelly Rowland), Air Force Ones, and Just a Dream were hits many of other his songs. Throughout his musical journey, he won many awards and nominations including three Grammy Awards and nine Billboard Music Awards. He has also emerged as an actor appearing in the remake film The Longest Yard.
Caption: The American singer and Entrepreneur, Nelly.
Nelly: Bio, Family, & Career
The singer was born on 2 November 1974 as Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. under the zodiac sign, Scorpio. He was born as the son of parents Cornell Haynes and Rhonda Mack in Austin, Texas, the United States. When he was seven, his parents had divorced and he moved to University City, St. Louis County suburb along with his mother. Additionally, his father worked in the US Air Force. He has a nationality of America and belongs to mixed ethnicity.
Regarding her education, she attended University City High School. During high school, he met his future band members Ali Jones, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan, Slo’Down, and his half-brother City Spud. After that, they began to produce their music and outed their single Gimme What Ya Got in 1997. In 1999, he left the band to start his solo career and signed to Universal Music Group. He debuted with his first album County Grammar in 2000 peaking at number 7 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and UK singles chart.
In 2018, he signed to Columbia Records and released the song “Lil Bit” in a collaboration with Florida Georgia Line. Besides that, he has ventured into an acting career both in television and series. From 2014 to 2015, he starred in the reality TV show Nellyville which ran for two seasons. His other acting credit includes CSI: NY, 90210, and also announced as one of the celebrities competing in the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2020.
Has he been involved in Legal Issues?
Yes, he had been involved in legal issues for three consecutive years. First, in 2015, he was one of the six people who were caught with drug paraphernalia and marijuana after the Tennessee Highway Patrol searched Nelly’s Prevost tour bus causing a traffic stop. He was then charged with felony drug possession, however, the charge was dropped after testing that the seized substance was not methamphetamine.
However, he later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and was sentenced to one year of probation. In 2016, he reportedly files a $2.4 million tax lien against him due to unpaid taxes. He was arrested in October 2017 in Auburn, Washington on the suspicion of second-degree rape after a woman invited him to her tour bus. Also, he was again accused of sexual assault after a gig at the Cliffs Pavilion.
Nelly: Personal Life, Girlfriend, & Married
He had dated the American socialite Andrea “Kat” Stacks. Between September 1990 and June 1999, he dated his ex-girlfriend Channetta Valentine. It is reported that the duo had welcomed two children: Chanelle and Cornell Iral. His daughter has pursued a music career and his son is a former high school football player. He also dated American author Karrine Steffans starting their relationship in January 2000.
In 2004, he started his relationship with the singer and actress Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas. The couple had off-and-on 10 years of lovey-dovey relationship ending in 2014. He had also encountered beautiful ladies like Eve Jihan Jeffers Cooper, Claudia Jordan, Nicole Narain, Lashontae Heckard, and Melyssa Savannah Ford. In April 2014, he dated the beautiful actress Shantel Jackson ending their relationship after seven years in 2021. It came as a surprise to their fans since they were talking about their engagement.
Caption: Nelly and ex-girlfriend Shantel Jackson.
Nelly: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
He surely is making a hefty amount from his business tenures as well as his musical works. Additionally, he had purchased a mansion in 2002 in Wildwood, Missouri, for $600 thousand but for nearly two decades the house has been abandoned. Furthermore, the singer has an estimated net worth of around $60 million. He has also car collections including Ford Mustang GT.
He has a verified Instagram account @nelly with 3.4 million followers. On Twitter, he has a verified account @nelly_mo with 3.7 million followers. Also, he has a verified Facebook account with more than 11 million followers.
Nelly: Body Measurements
He has a fit and well-maintained body that stands to a height of 5 feet 8 inches or 1.83 meters. His body weighs around 83 kg with 44 inches chest size and 33 inches waist size respectively. Further, he has black eyes color as well as the same hair color.