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Rapper Nelly Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Nelly (Rapper) Quick Info
Height 5 ft 8 in
Weight 81 kg
Date of Birth November 2, 1974
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Eye Color Dark Brown

Nelly is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor, and occasional actor who has been referred to by Peter Shapiro as “one of the biggest stars of the new millennium”. He has released a number of albums, tracks, and extended plays which include Country GrammarWarrior, Brass KnucklesSweatNellyville6 Derrty HitsHot in Herre, Work It (featuring Justin Timberlake), Flap Your Wings, Over and Over (featuring Tim McGraw), Just a Dream, Get Like Me (featuring Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams), The Fix (featuring Jeremih), and Move That Body (featuring T-Pain and Akon). Also, Billboard ranked Nelly the number three Top Artist of the Decade (the 2000s) on December 11, 2009.

Born Name

Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.

Nick Name

Nelly, Mo

Nelly at the 2014 BET Awards
Nelly at the 2014 BET Awards

Sun Sign


Born Place

Austin, Texas, United States





Nelly was enrolled at the University City Senior High School in St. Louis.


Rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, investor


  • Father – Cornell Haynes Sr. (Airforce Veteran)
  • Mother – Theresa Haynes
  • Siblings – Chaz Haynes (Younger Brother), Nijel Haynes (Younger Brother), Jackie Donahue (Older Sister) (Died in 2005 due to leukemia)


Nelly has been represented by JL Entertainment.


Hip hop, R&B, Pop




Derrty Entertainment, Universal Motown, Universal Republic, Republic Records




5 ft 8 in or 173 cm


81 kg or 178.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Nelly has dated –

  1. Kat Stacks – He hooked up with Venezuelan personality Kat Stacks in the past.
  2. Karrine Steffans – Nelly is reported to have had a steamy fling with author Karrine Steffans. She spilled the beans about their affair in her biography and even rated his manhood as of average size.
  3. Kelly Rowland (2002) – It was RUMORed that he had a fling with singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality Kelly Rowland in 2002.
  4. Claudia Jordan (2002) – Talk show host, actress, model, and reality television and radio personality Claudia Jordan was romantically involved with Nelly in the year 2002.
  5. Eve (2000-2003) – Nelly started dating rapper Eve in 2000. They dated for almost 3 years before breaking up in 2003.
  6. Ashanti (2003-2007, 2007-2009, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2014, 2023-Present) – Nelly started dating singer Ashanti in early 2003 after having met her during a pre-Grammy press conference. They later collaborated in the steamy 2009 single, Body on Me, and ended their relationship in December 2012. They reconciled and split for the final time in April 2014. In April 2023, Nelly and Ashanti sparked reconciliation rumors after they were seen holding hands at a boxing match. In September 2023, during an interview, Nelly confirmed that they were back together. In December 2023, it was reported that they were expecting their first child together.
  7. Nicole Narain (2004) – He went out with glamor model Nicole Narain from July to November 2004.
  8. Melyssa Ford (2006) – He hooked up with Canadian media personality, actress, and former video vixen Melyssa Ford in 2006.
  9. Lashontae Heckard (2013–2014) – Nelly first met model Lashontae Heckard about 10 years before they started dating during the filming of the music video for Grillz. They started dating in January 2013 and she even had his nickname, “Mo,” tattooed on her lower back. They split in February 2014 amidst rumors that Nelly was getting back with his former love Ashanti as they were pictured getting cozy at the Super Bowl.
  10. Shantel Jackson (2014-2021) – The rapper started dating actress Shantel Jackson in 2014. In December 2016, there were rumors circulating that had got engaged but those rumors weren’t confirmed by the couple’s representatives. In July 2021, it was revealed that they had broken up.

Nelly also has two children – son Cornell Haynes (b. 1999) and daughter Chanelle Haynes (b. 1994).

Nelly and Shantel Jackson at An Evening with Real Husbands of Hollywood event in October 2014
Nelly and Shantel Jackson at An Evening with Real Husbands of Hollywood event in October 2014

Race / Ethnicity


He is of African-American descent.

Hair Color


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Stocky build
  • Wears diamond earrings


His body specifications may be –

  • Chest – 45 in or 114 cm
  • Arms / Biceps – 16 in or 41 cm
  • Waist – 34 in or 86 cm
Nelly shirtless in a modeling photoshoot
Nelly shirtless in a modeling photoshoot

Brand Endorsements

Nelly has appeared in commercials for –

  • Celebrity Sweat (Fitness and Health website)
  • Honey Nut Cheerios

Best Known For

  • The immense success of his hip hop albums
  • Playing an important role in Adam Sandler starrer sports drama, The Longest Yard (2005)

First Album

He released his debut studio album Country Grammar in 2000 to immense critical acclaim.

First Film

Nelly made his first film appearance in 2001 release Snipes in the leading role of Prolifk.

First TV Show

In 2008, Nelly first appeared in the 3rd episode of the 5th season of the CBS police procedural series CSI: NY.

Personal Trainer

Nelly hits the gym 5 times a week to preserve his buffed-up physique. But, in case he is busy, the gym frequency gets reduced to 2 to 3 days a week. Hence, his workout timings vary with his schedule too.

He finds it boring to pound on the treadmill for cardio. Instead, he prefers to play basketball games for a cardio workout. He believes basketball is the full package. It involves stretching, sprinting around, and jumping, so you get a complete workout.

He follows a straightforward eating plan. He just makes sure that his muscles aren’t starving. His favorite muscle-building food is a turkey burger with cheese, lettuce, and Thousand Island dressing.

Nelly Favorite Things

  • Style Icon – Pharrell Williams
  • Necessary Extravagance – T-shirts, underwear, socks
  • Accessories – Diamond Stud Earrings
  • Footwear – Nike Jordan Shoes
  • Place to Shop – Dolce & Gabbana store
  • Guilty Pleasure – The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Bridezillas
  • Going out Song – Time of Way (By Rich Homie Quan)
  • Comfort Food – Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Movies – The Godfather Trilogy
  • Men’s Beauty Product – Cocoa Butter Lotion
  • Classic Cartoon – ThunderCats
  • Color – Blue

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Nelly at The Playboy Party in January 2014
Nelly at The Playboy Party in January 2014

Nelly Facts

  1. He has several tattoos on his body. He has a human heart engraved on his left chest, a dice, and five playing cards tattooed on his forearm, ‘Lunatic’ inscribed above his navel, etc.
  2. In 2002, he was placed on #39 by Entertainment Weekly in the “101 Most Powerful” list.
  3. The Teen People magazine included him on their “25 Hottest Stars Under 25” list for two consecutive years – 2001 and 2002.
  4. Nelly has his two own clothing line labels – Vokal and Apple Bottoms (exclusive women’s fashion brand).
  5. In honor of Michael Brown, who was killed in the police shooting, Kelly established a college scholarship in August 2014 to support students put forward by Michael Brown’s family for the college education.
  6. In April 2015, the police authorities found marijuana, methamphetamine, several handguns, a gold-plated pistol, and more than 100 zip lock bags in his tour bus. He was arrested and later released on bond.
  7. Nelly is the nonprofit entity 4Sho4Kids Foundation founder, which aims to improve the lives of children born with developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome.
  8. In 2016, he owed more than $2,000,000 in back taxes. Such an amount made it possible for the IRS to seize his properties to recoup taxes.
  9. In 2010, he released a statement endorsing Do Something’s Tackle Hunger campaign. He urged teenagers to save more than one million pounds of food over the holiday season to combat hunger.
  10. He is credited with starting the trend of wearing sports jerseys backward, which means the name of the player is on the front.
  11. In 2020, during the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS), he had competed and finished in 3rd place overall. He was partnered with Daniella Karagach.
  12. Nelly likes playing the video game Madden NFL.
  13. According to Nelly, he is a good microwave chef and can make the best microwave dishes on the planet.
  14. In the past, he has tried learning the piano.
  15. While in the school band, Nelly used to play the drums.
  16. He claims that he once had defeated a professional athlete in which he was the best.
  17. Nelly can bench press 225 pounds with over 20 repetitions.
  18. He doesn’t like airports.
  19. He is a shoe fanatic and collects them.
  20. Nelly also likes playing chess.
  21. He also spends his time on yachts in the ocean.
  22. He has a fetish for classic cars.
  23. Nelly prefers keeping the temperature indoors between 63 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit or 17 to 20 degrees Celcius.
  24. He is a dog lover.
  25. He is obsessed with watching ESPN.
  26. Nelly has participated in the World Series of Poker as a player.
  27. He likes maxing out every car engine he drives at least once.
  28. The first organized team sport he ever played was soccer.
  29. Nelly likes eating oatmeal-raisin cookies.
  30. He has worked for a logistics company called UPS (United Parcel Service). His job was to load and unload trucks in the warehouse. He worked without wearing their uniform.
  31. He likes to have his coffee light with sugar and cream.

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