Irv Gotti Addresses 'Romantic Relationship' With Ashanti

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The INC is back. Murder Inc.'s honcho Irv Gotti and rapper Ja Rule (fresh out of prison) recently visited Power 105's The Breakfast Club and cleared up several rumors including the longstanding assumption that Gotti and singer Ashanti were a romantic pair.

"Here’s the real...Me and Ashanti have a unique and special bond. Okay? We made great music together...No, we didn’t have sex. I NEVER slept with Ashanti," said the then-married Irv about his then-signee. "Let me tell you about our relationship! Listen, we at Murder Inc. is like a family. What happened when I fell upon hard times, certain people bailed. She bailed.... She didn’t wanna be a part of Murder Inc. no more. She’s this princess that I created and the ‘Murder’ wasn’t good for the image anymore."

Irv says that he "did bad things" with other women but overall, he's a good husband. "She has a great life," he says about his ex-wife Deb. "When we talk about these relationships...a lot of people don't work out. When you look at the end of it, she's in a better place. She has a great life."

Ja is also in a forgiving mood. He says after coming home from jail he, "doesn't have no problems" with anybody including longtime foe 50 Cent. "I read the Bible a little bit," he says about his jail time. "For me, I don't want to resent anything that happened...I just want to move forward."

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