Nelly was in North Carolina this past weekend celebrating his 36th birthday. He sat courtside at the Time Warner Arena with his “best friend” Ashanti and her sister Shia of the @PdeesOfNY.

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Nelly, who is a minority owner of the Bobcats, watched as his team took on the Orlando Magic, but lost 91-88.

Nelly & Ashanti both recently shut down the rumors of them being a couple, but we’re just not buying it. You guys look way too good together!