R&B singer Ashanti is FURIOUS at the recent interviews that her former manager IRV GOTTI is giving, Media Take Out confirmed. According to a person close to Ashanti, she feels that Irv is clout chasing, and exaggerating the nature of their former romantic relationship.
The insider explained to Media Take Out, “When Ashanti and Irv were together she was like 21 years old, and it wasn’t anything serious.”
The insider claims that their relationship was more of a fling, than anything serious. She also told Media Take Out, that their fling was “very brief.”
“When you listen to Irv talk, he’s trying to make it out like they were in love and in a full blown relationship. That is CAP,” Ashanti’s friend told us.
The friend, who called Irv “pathetic” for making the comments, believes that he is just using Ashanti’s name – and bringing up old drama for “clout.”
We asked whether Ashanti feels the same way about Irv, and the friend said, “Hell yes. She thinks he’s delusional.”
Irv was married at the time and 11 years older than Ashanti when the two had their reported fling.
In 2002, Ashanti released her eponymous debut album, which sold over 505,000 copies throughout the U.S. in its first week of release. The album earned her many awards, including eight Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, and a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Contemporary R&B Album. The album has since been certified triple platinum in the United States and sold six million copies worldwide by the end of 2003.
The lead single for the album, “Foolish”, was a critical and commercial success; it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. With “Foolish”, she became the second artist (after The Beatles) to have their first three chart entries in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. Ashanti wrote and sang for Jennifer Lopez’s “Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix)”, which also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2003, Ashanti released her second album, Chapter II, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 326,000 copies in the U.S. The album went platinum, selling over 1.5 million copies in U.S. since its release.
The album’s singles, “Rock wit U (Awww Baby)” and “Rain on Me”, were both commercial successes, peaking at number two and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, respectively. Chapter II was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and “Rock wit U (Awww Baby)” and “Rain on Me” were each nominated in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. In November 2003, Ashanti released a Christmas album titled Ashanti’s Christmas, which was a modest commercial success.
Aside from music, Ashanti has also acted in various productions. In 2005, she made her feature film debut in Coach Carter alongside Samuel L. Jackson, as well as starring as Dorothy Gale in the made-for-television film The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz, which attracted nearly 8 million viewers when it premiered.
She has since appeared in the films John Tucker Must Die (2006) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007). Throughout her career, Ashanti has sold nearly 15 million records worldwide.