Nelly is the father of two children. His first child Chanel Haynes was born in 1994 and his second child Cornell Haynes III was born in 1999. He is straight in his sexuality but the information related to his love affairs, girlfriend and married life is unknown.
After Nelly's parents for divorced, he began living with his mother in Missouri. Being a hit hop talent, he formed the hip hop group St. Lunatics in 1993. They began performing in the local show and their debut single Gimme What U Got was released in 1997. Though he became popular with the release of this album, he desired to be a solo artist and left St. Lunatics in the late 1990s. Then he signed a recording contract with Universal Music Group but most of the people of the company were not interested in his talent. However, he began recording his debut album and it was finally released on 27th of June 2000 under the title Country Grammar. It was the hit album of that year as it entered into the Billboard 200 in the U.S at no 3. With the success of his debut album, he began working on his second album and his second album Nellyville was released on 25th of June 2002. He is also an actor and has appeared in several movies and TV series. He has been earning lucrative amount of salary and his net worth is said to be around $60 million.