*Rapper Nelly says he and his girlfriend Ashanti are taking their own sweet time with marriage plans – insisting their careers take top priority at the moment.

“I’m not a person that wants to get married more than once. You see what I’m saying? If I’ma do it, I’ma do it and that’s it. You’re dying if you leave me,” he told Rap Up.

Of his relationship with Ashanti, he added: “Right now we’re friends, man. I’m married to my work, my new album ‘5.0.’ I’m married to getting things in a certain situation right now and she’s married to getting things in a certain situation. So again, man, we enjoy each other’s company and love it.”

The rapper also believes that celebrity culture puts a lot of pressure on a marriage, and couples should be friends before tying the knot.

“You know, it’s like society puts a pressure on you because they want to see it turn into a certain relationship. You see what I’m saying?,” he explained. “But if that relationship doesn’t work, then society doesn’t take the responsibility of when it doesn’t work. It’s kind of like, ‘Oh, oh, okay, we’ll move on to the next couple we want to see’.

“I think what people don’t understand, is that I think you really have to be friends first. I think that’s the thing.”