Growing up, Ashanti took dance lessons and joined the church choir.
Ashanti went to Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, where she studied different dance styles, including tap, jazz, ballet, African, modern, and hip hop.
"I was in love with a person I didn't really know," he added.
Asked if the two had reconciled, Ashanti quickly answered, “Negative,” then proceeded to explain their relationship status. And there were things that were said and things that were done that probably shouldn’t have been said or done, but they have been,” the singer explained, stopping short of going into detail about what those things said and done were.Ashanti was once in a long 10-year relationship with rapper Nelly and in late 2014 there were rumors that she was in a long-distance relationship with an unidentified African man.Nelly has since moved on with Shantel "Miss Jackson" Jackson who is also featured on his BET reality series "Nellyville," Fashion & Style reports.Her mother, Tina Douglas, is a former dance teacher, and her father, Ken-Kaide Thomas Douglas, is a former singer.Her mother named her after the Ashanti Empire in Ghana; in this nation, women have power and influence, and Tina wanted her daughter to follow that model.