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Nelly sat down for a chat with VladTV when the topic of discussion ventured into love, marriage and industry relationships. For those who probably are wondering why he didn’t put a ring on it while in an on-again-off-again relationship with singer Ashanti, he explains it all in this interview.

While discussing marriage, Nelly let it be known that yes, he is the marrying kind, but he’s not about to be forced or rushed into anything he’s not ready for. He also revealed that industry relationships are very different from normal relationships because celebrities are not able to spend enough time together when dating . As a result, they are more likely to get divorced when they start living together and seeing each other for who they really are.

On If He’ll Ever Get Married

The thing about marriage is nobody is going to force me into anything. Nobody is going to rush me into anything. I take marriage very seriously. I only know two ways of marriage. My parent’s marriage did not last at all and my grandparent’s marriage lasted for 60 years. So I’m either gonna go all the way to 60 or I’m not gonna do it. You see what I’m saying? You’re gonna know when its right. I feel like marriage is something that you just know is right and it’s just no questions. No questions. In order for me to feel like this is going to be it, I have to have no questions. If I got any questions, I know me. I’m going to play on that and eventually that may weigh in on that situation. But do I see myself getting married? Hell yeah. I just think that marriage is something that you should do when you’re ready to do it and you feel like, yo, this is everything.

On Industry Relationships Being Different

The thing is, it’s hard when you’re in this business. Let’s say you’ve known someone for seven years. But you’ve known them for seven years in this business. Now, lets take a couple that’s an everyday average couple and they’ve know each other for seven years. The regular couple’s seven years is a little different because they’ve actually been together almost every day for seven years. [The other] couple may have known each other for seven years, but they probably only been together five days out of a month. So although the time has went, it really hasn’t been seven years of knowing them. It’s probably on equaled out to three and a half years, as far as 365 days in being with that person. You look at a regular couple, seven years yeah that’s a long time [because] they’ve actually been together seven years.You don’t learn as much about a person as you would like to until you actually get a chance to stop and be with that person. I think people see the relationships that industry folks have and they see the time, but they’re not doing the math on that time. If you do the math on that time you will see that it equals out to something totally different than if [the couple were together every day.]

On If He’ll Stay Away From Dating Other Celebrities

No, that just [causes] me to shy away from what public perception and what they feel about my relationship. You know I’m like ‘F–k you! You gonna tell me what I should be doing in my relationship? I’m not at home everyday like you. I’m gone. I haven’t seen her in like two weeks.’ It’s different and people don’t understand how different it really is. It’s hard in that way because you see so many celebrities who get married and they’re divorced in a year or they’re done in two years or they’re done in three years and you know why? Because once they finally get together and they’re with each other everyday they start realizing, ‘Holy s–t! I didn’t know you did that every night. I didn’t know you did this everyday. I didn’t know you ate this food every morning. I just thought you ate that when I’m around.’ Now its just like the s–t that you thought was cute becomes annoying.