Nicki Minaj is on the cover of Elle magazine’s July 2018 issue, on newsstands June 26.
Here’s what the 35-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag:
On being single for the first time since she was 15: “I remember feeling like I could do anything at one time in my life and somewhere along the line, I just started second guessing myself for whatever reason. As soon as I realized that I could actually live and breathe, and eat and sleep, and walk and talk, without having a boyfriend, something clicked in me….Becoming single was one of the things that made me feel strong and powerful. The fact that I am a young woman who doesn’t need a man for money. I don’t need a man for a job. I’ve never had to f*ck for beats. I’ve never had to f*ck for a record deal. I don’t have those pressures. I get up when I want, shop when I want.”
On talking to the judge who oversaw Meek Mill’s case: “I know that when I went there pleading for his freedom, I know that she”—Judge Brinkley—“spoke to me and was very sweet and maternal, and we both cried in her chambers, and she gave him another chance. So I don’t know what’s going on.”
On trap taking over rappers: “The truth of the matter is, trap has taken over so much that even our New York rappers are doing nothing but trap songs, because they feel that that’s the way to make it. They’re rapping like people from the south.”
On working with Karl Lagerfeld: “I couldn’t think straight anymore. I was like, Oh my God, I couldn’t…it felt like a dream.”
For more from Nicki, visit Elle.com.
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