Talented and award-winning American Rapper from Trinidad and Tobago, Nicki Minaj, opened up about her latest projects and her album in a recent interview with Elle as she covers the magazine’s July issue. On her going MIA, she said:
“I went through a moment where I got to know myself again, and then I went through a moment where I got to know myself as the rapper again. And then I locked [myself] in the studio”—see?—“and I didn’t want to leave.” She basically hasn’t left since. “Spiritually, I’ve experienced more growth in the last six months of my life, of my career, than I have in the last eight years.”
On being single, and how empowered this stage of her life makes her, Nicki says:
“It’s the first time in my life I’ve ever been single.”
Nicki who is now in her mid-thirties, and from the age of 15 until just last fall, says she has always had a serious boyfriend.
“Six years, twelve years, three, four,” she says. Over time, this came to have consequences she didn’t anticipate.
“I remember feeling like I could do anything at one time in my life,” she says, “and somewhere along the line, I just started second guessing myself, for whatever reason.” That all ended when she started learning how to sleep alone. “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.”
She goes on
“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 fuck for a record deal. I don’t have those pressures. I get up when I want, shop when I want.”
Read more of the interview here