Nelly’s biography: age, wife, songs, brother, real name

Nelly is an American singer, rapper and songwriter who has been able to build a name for himself beyond the American entertainment industry as he is considered a global artiste.

Recently, Nelly was in the news after he and his longtime girlfriend named Shantel Jackson ended their seven-year relationship.

The news of Nelly and his girlfriend, Ms Jackson ending their relationship was confirmed by her when a fan commented on her photo while asking if they were still together.

Shantel revealed she and Nelly have taken a break from their relationship, and it appears each has focused on their profession entirely. While Nelly is focused on his music career, Shantel has concentrated on her shoemaking business.

This article is focused on what you should know about Nelly, continue reading to see more.

Profile Summary

Full name Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.
Stage name Nelly
Gender Male
Date of birth November 2 1974
Age 47 years old In 2021
Place of birth Austin, Texas
Nationality American
Children 2
Family City Spud (Half brother
Education University City High School
Profession Singer, rapper and entrepreneur

Nelly’s Biography

His real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., and he was born on the 2nd of November 1974 in Austin, Texas, to his father and mother, Cornell Haynes and Rhonda Mack.

Nelly is his parent’s only son, and the record revealed his father once served in the US Air Force, but his parents separated when he was seven years old.

After his parents separated, Nelly had no other choice than to move in with his mother from St. Louis to University City, a St. Louis County.

Nelly has a half brother named City Spud; he is an American by birth and celebrated his 47th birthday in November 2021.


The records revealed that Nelly finished from University City High school; there are no details on whether he proceeded further.


Nelly has been interested in music since he was a child, however, during his high school days, he created a music group known as the St. Lunatics with some of his friends known as Ali, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan and Slo’Down, and his half brother City Spud.

The St. Lunatics was quite popular and enjoyed local fame following the release of their song “Gimme What Ya Got” in 1997.

Even though the group was popular in Missouri, they could not make fame beyond St. Louis. At some point, the rest of the group reached an agreement to permit Nelly to pursue a solo career, and in 1999, his breakthrough came after he was signed by Universal Music record label.

Since then, Nelly has been able to build a career for himself in the music industry, and today, he is considered a veteran. Listed underneath are musical albums by Nelly

  • Country Grammar (2000)
  • Nellyville (2002)
  • Sweat (2004)
  • Suit (2004)
  • Brass Knuckles (2008)
  • 5.0 (2010)
  • M.O. (2013)
  • Heartland (2021)

Personal life

Nelly is not married, but he was previously in a relationship with Shantel Jackson for seven years; the relationship ended in 2021. Nelly has two children, but there are not enough details about who they are on social media.

Net Worth

Nelly is reportedly worth $8 million.