After remaining silent for some time, Ashanti finally respond to Irv Gotti speaking negatively about her in recent interviews, and she kept it cute!
The Murda Inc. CEO signed the “Happy” singer to his label in the early 2000s, where the songbird took over the charts with several solo hits. Irv recently did a press run for a documentary about the reign and fall of his enterprise, all while sharing details of his alleged affair with the singer.
Ashanti Seemingly Calls Irv Gotti A Narcissist
While chatting with New York radio legend Angie Martinez in an interview released this week, Ashanti gave her perspective on how Irv went about sharing his feelings for her with several media outlets.
It’s very unfortunate the way Irv decided to handle his documentary. It’s a little sad […]I feel like the way that he handled it tarnished and cheapened the brand.
He called out her loyalty for allegedly ditching him when her faced legal trouble. The narrative is false, she said, since there are photos to prove she was in court with him. She added that she thinks Irv is being intentional in trying to hurt her because of his mental state and seemingly called him a narcissist.
I feel like Irv is not mentally in a good place. You see people who have narcissistic ways…and as a grown woman there is a difference between how women are hurt and men are hurt and how we carry that hurt.
Ashanti Addresses Irv Gotti Relationship
As far as addressing intimate details of her relationship with Irv Gotti, Ashanti seems to think he’s blowing that out of proportion in her response. She even went as far as to say he “flat-out lied.”
I think that sometimes when[…]you may think that it’s something and the other person know that it’s not and you manifest this thing into something big and it’s really not that[…]and then that person realizes that it’s not that, it turns them into a completely different person.
You understand what I’m saying?
Irv has flat-out lied about a lot of things. Pillow talk is a dangerous thing. For a long time, I don’t have the desire to expose certain things. I’m happy, I’m. in a different space.
Ashanti Calls Irv Gotti Memory Of Writing “Happy,” Her Hit Song She Penned, “Dumb-nesia”
I wrote “Happy” in the parking lot of the CW Post College. I was actually on the way to see The Nutcracker with my aunt and my cousins and my 626 Mazda. And I wrote “Happy” in the parking lot at night waiting for I think my cousin or somebody to show up. As far as the beat goes and Irv and Chink did the beat.
You know what my cousin calls that? Dumb-nesia.
Singer Says She Had “Love” For Gotti Before His Negative Behavior
Many of Irv’s critics think the Hip Hop mogul’s unprovoked pillow talking about Ashanti is unforgivable, but she thinks it’s just because he is “hurt” and unwell mentally since throwing mud on her name in interviews.
In my heart, I feel Irv is hurt. And he doesn’t know where to place his hurt. And he doesn’t know how to channel it as a man. And it’s sad. And this whole persona he’s’ putting on[…]from what I know, Irv comes from a beautiful family. This whole tough, gangster he’s portraying is not [real].
Angie also asked directly about Irv painting the picture of them having a “grand love affair” while she was signed to the label. Ashanti didn’t directly confirm there was a relationship but did acknowledge that Irv benefitted from her financially while she did have “love” for him.
I definitely had a genuine love for Irv because he 100% helped to change my life. You know we had some of the most amazing times just writing records, touring, making history. Like, having chemistry with somebody to write these records with, and you know being a female in Hip-hop and R&B, like it was it was like a perfect fit.
But don’t get it twisted…he was making a lot of money.