• Nelly released his debut album "Country Grammar” in 2000
  • In 2021, he released his eighth album, entitled “Heartland"
  • He began his acting career in 2001, playing a rapper in “Snipes”

American rapper and actor Nelly, born Cornell Haynes Jr., trended on Twitter earlier this week, and his fans were shocked upon learning why.

The 47-year-old hip-hop artist accidentally shared a since-deleted video on his Instagram story. The video appeared to show Nelly engaging in a sexual act with an unidentified woman.

Nelly has since apologized to the woman and her family after the video landed online. He told TMZ Tuesday that the content was an old video that was never meant to go public.

His team is now investigating whether or not the rapper’s account was hacked.

Before his sex video leaked, Nelly had a net worth of $8 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, while Wealthy Gorilla said he was worth $40 million.

In 1999, Nelly signed a record contract with Universal Music. He released his debut album "Country Grammar” in 2000. The album, which featured singles “Ride Wit Me” and “Country Grammar,” remains Nelly's best-selling album to date.

His second album, "Nellyville," was released in June 2002. The album included his hit songs "Dilemma" and "Hot in Here.”

He released several albums in the succeeding years, and in 2021, Nelly released his eighth album called “Heartland.” The album debuted at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

Nelly began his acting career in 2001, playing a rapper in “Snipes,” an independent film.

He won Grammy Awards in 2003 and 2004 and had a supporting role in the 2005 remake film "The Longest Yard.” In 2008-2009, Nelly appeared in four episodes of "CSI: NY." From 2013 to 2016, he appeared in 39 episodes of the reality television show "Real Husbands of Hollywood.”

Outside of singing and acting, Nelly makes money through his clothing lines Vokal and Apple Bottoms.

The rapper is also a philanthropist who runs the nonprofit 4Sho4Kids Foundation. In March 2003, he started a campaign to educate minority groups about the need for bone marrow transplants after his sister Jackie was diagnosed with leukemia. His sister died in March 2005.

Nelly reportedly owned a five-bedroom, 2,679-square-foot ranch-style home in the St. Louis suburb of Eureka, Missouri. He sold the property in June 2010 for $740,158.

Nelly, pictured at Bud Light House of Whatever leading up to Super Bowl XLIX on January 31, 2015, was arrested for raping a woman while on tour. Getty Images