Let’s preface this article by announcing that today is Nelly‘s birthday! Happy birthday Nelly, you bandaid-loving party animal. Let’s reminisce before getting down to business:
Alright, I’m glad that’s out of the way. The 41-year-old has somehow managed to maintain only partially-ironic popularity throughout his career, despite not having had a hit single in nearly ten years, with the exception of his 2013 foray into country music, with Cruise. The entrepreneurial rapper has also ventured into brand marketing, acting, and more.
Recently, he’s been making appearances with pop artists – including joining Taylor Swift and folk-rock trio Haim on stage during Swift’s 1989 World Tour. The singers joined the rapper for a classic performance of the aforementioned hit, 2002’s summertime soundtrack, Hot in Herre.
But while Nelly might be cool with joining Swift on stage, he sure as hell isn’t interested in bringing her on as a drinking buddy.
Talking to UK newspaper The Metro, Nelly dished it out: “Taylor Swift is not wild, buddy. She’s nowhere on the wild side for Nelly. Nelly is a wild boy, you know what I’m saying?”
He went on to talk about how much he enjoyed spending time with the generous artist, who even picked him up in her private jet before he joined her on stage.
Nelly also discussed his relationship with pop star Ed Sheeran. “Me and Ed Sheeran know each other,” he shockingyl revealed. “I wouldn’t say we’re friends yet because I take that word very seriously. We have a mutual respect there and I’m a fan of his work – I would call him a friend in training.”