Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson may have a new girlfriend.
Jackson celebrated this 27th birthday on Sunday, and he went to dinner with a group of close friends and family, Philly Mag reports. Ashanti, a 33-year-old Grammy Award-winning recording artist, was in attendance, sparking rumors that she and Jackson are dating.
The Eagles star posted a photo of himself with Ashanti to Instagram on Sunday, and he noted that she had attended his birthday celebration. “Where my homie [at] on my Cake Day ?? [sic]” he wrote, referencing his alleged girlfriend. Larry Brown Sports points out that Ashanti watched Jackson play at an Eagles game in November, and she uploaded a video of herself in the stadium to Instagram.
Jackson’s apparent relationship with Ashanti may have been months in the making, according to a report by Media Take Out. The gossip blog claims that they have been friends for years, but began casually dating within the last several months.
The rumored couple is said to be on the cusp of entering an “exclusive” relationship. Ashanti plans to spend Christmas with Jackson’s family, according to Media Take Out. However, neither Jackson nor Ashanti has addressed the rumors, and none of their social media uploads suggest that they are anything more than friends.
Jackson was previously linked to model Chantel Jeffries, Larry Brown Sports reports. The couple frequently mentioned each other on their respective social media accounts, and it’s unclear when or if they broke up.
[h/t Larry Brown Sports]