James Harden is set to win his first MVP. He just led the Houston Rockets to a 4-1 series win over the Minnesota Timberwolves to start an NBA Title push. And now James Harden is dating Ashanti, per a report. It’s not a bad time to be the 28-year old basketball star.
The 37-year old R&B singer is best known for her work in the early 2000s. Her first two albums, 2002’s Ashanti and 2003’s Chapter II each hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Her first single “Foolish” was the No. 1 song in the country.
Both have had high-profile relationships in the past. Harden briefly dated Khloe Kardashian, who just had a child with another NBA player, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson.
Ashanti was in a long-term relationship with rapper Nelly, beginning in 2003. The two split up in 2012.
Sports Gossip site Terez Owens first reported on the rumor that James Harden is dating Ashanti.
According to the site, Ashanti attended a recent Rockets game with Harden’s family. From the write-up:
This comes to us via our super solid source close to James Harden. “James Harden put Ashanti up at a Houston hotel, then she sat with his family at the game and he bought her flowers. They are 100% in a relationship” James is a player, but he is getting older…Checkout the video below and just remember where you heard it FIRST.-TO
Terez Owens also tweeted video of the singer’s Instagram story. It shows her at what could be the hotel in question, as well as at a Rockets game.
— Terez Owens (@TerezOwens) April 26, 2018
The Rockets knocked off the T’Wolves in the game 122-104 to seal the series win. Harden scored 24 points and doled out 12 assists in the win.
Houston awaits the winner of the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder series in the next round. Utah leads that one three games to two.