Teen R+B sensation Mario has given up the chase for Ashanti, but aims to woo her again when he's older.

The smooth 18-year-old LET ME LOVE YOU singer fears he's lost his leading lady to rapper Nelly, who is reportedly dating the singer - and so he has accepted defeat, for now.

He says, "I've run across Ashanti. She's very focused on what she's doing. She's very beautiful and a very cool lady.

"We have different schedules and we're both out to do our own thing, so maybe I'll see her like that some other time."

28/03/2005 21:13