Ashanti and Nelly secretly married in December 2023

Nelly and Ashanti attend the 6th annual DKMS Linked Against Blood Cancer gala at Cipriani Wall Street on April 26^ 2012 in New York City.

Expectant parents Ashanti and Nelly were secretly married six months ago, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.

TMZ, who was first to report their wedding news, said that Ashanti, 43, and Nelly, 49, tied the knot back on December 27, 2023 in St. Louis County, Missouri, after the couple previously announced their engagement and pregnancy with their first child just this past April.

The news of their nuptials comes just days after Ashanti spoke with ET about planning the wedding of her dreams and how Nelly popped the question: “It was just such a beautiful, intimate moment” and added that it happened as they were watching TV in bed as she was wearing his T-shirt and boxers: “We were not dressy. I cried. I gave him the biggest hug and kiss ever. I FaceTimed everyone I know… I was overjoyed and shocked and surprised and happy kind of like all in one.” Ashanti also told ET that they plan to have her give birth to their little one before holding a big wedding with family and friends.

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