Irv Gotti appeared on The Wendy Williams Show Monday to discuss the rumors swirling around his alleged affair with Ashanti.
The Murder Inc. co-founder vehemently denied the characterization that his relationship with the singer was an "affair," but rather his ex-wife Debbie Lorenzo found Gotti with another woman, whom he declined to name.
"Can I talk about this, with women, and I'm gonna circle back to you Wendy," he said. "Why is it, if a man and a woman is married and they get separated and they're totally separated ... with me and Deb separated, she caught me cheating," Gotti said, to which Wendy immediately asked him if the woman in question was Ashanti.
"No, Ashanti is not a homewrecker, guys. Ashanti had nothing to do with me and Deb. Deb caught me when I was directing 'I Cry' in Baltimore. Deb, being the vicious person she is, she came down unannounced, 'I'm Mrs. Lorenzo, give me the room key.' The door was latched, but she knows I'm in there. That's what broke me and Deb up."
He also said Ashanti "wasn't even in the picture" during the time of the alleged affair. When Wendy asked Gotti about the last time he spoke with Ashanti, Irv replied "we don’t speak. I’d talk to her. It’s nothing to me." Ashanti has yet to comment on the entire situation..
Rumors of Irv's infidelity with Ashanti date back years. Back in 2013, he addressed the affair rumors on The Breakfast Club. "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," Gotti said. "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."