Nicki Minaj has spoken.
It’s no secret that the star and her emerging foe Cardi B have been the talk of the town since Friday night, when the “I Like It” rapper lunged at her at the Harper’s Bazaar Icons party inside The Plaza Hotel. According to footage shared of the incident online, the new mother was seen being escorted away while screaming at Minaj about allegedly speaking about her daughter. At one point, the star was seen throwing her red high heel in Minaj’s direction.
“It was so fast!” an eyewitness told E! News. “I heard someone screaming—everyone recognized Cardi’s voice—people either got out of the way or took out their phones and started filming. Nicki was surrounded by a bunch of guards and barely even looked at her. Next thing you know, shoes were flying and Cardi was on her way out.”
By the end of night, Cardi issued a statement on social media. “I’ve let a lot of s–t slide! I let you sneak diss me, I let you lie on me, I let you attempt to stop my bags, f–k up the way I eat! You’ve threatened other artists in the industry, told them if they work with me you’ll stop f–kin with them!! I let you talk big s–t about me!!”
She continued, “I addressed you once in person, I addressed you a second time in person, and every time you copped a plea!! But when you mention my child, you choose to like comments about me as a mother, make comments about my abilities to take care of my daughter is when all bets are f–kin off!! I’ve worked too hard and come too far to let anybody f–k with my success!!!!”
Cardi concluded by writing, “Bitches talk all that s–t in they raps but in real life they p–sy!! This s–t really is for entertainment!!”
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Minaj shared her side of the story on Monday in a new episode of her Queen Radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1. Toward the top of the show, she shared an audio clip of Cardi saying, “I hate when some people come at me and it’s like, ‘Oh Cardi, why you coming at peoples’ kids for?'”
“The other night, I was a part of something so mortifying and so humiliating to go through,” Minaj said, noting the “upper echelon” crowd that witnessed their fight. “The way they passed by looking at this disgusting commotion, I will never forget. I was mortified.”
“I would never talk about anyone’s child or parenting. I don’t care about anyone’s parenting. I don’t give a s–t and it’s so crazy to me that people always need to make Onika the bad guy,” the rapper defended herself in response to Cardi’s accusations. “I just want to let the world know that Onika Tanya Maraj would never, has never and will never speak ill of anyone’s child.”
“I am not a clown,” she declared. “That’s clown s–t.”
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The star did not mince words as she further questioned Cardi’s alleged recent behavior.
“You came into my f–king culture. I never had to f–k a DJ to play my songs. You calling black women roaches,” she shouted. “You getting girls beat up because of what your man doing? Real bitches never do that—you never attack the woman…you take that up with your f–king man,” Minaj continued, referencing unconfirmed allegations that Cardi had people attack two strip club employees after husband Offset allegedly cheated on her with one of the women. The star has reportedly denied such such claims.
“You’re angry and you’re sad. This is not funny and this is not about attacking. This is about get this woman some f–king help. This woman is at the best stage in her career and she’s out here throwing bottles and throwing shoes? Who the f–k is going to give her a f–king intervention?”
Minaj also expressed her gratitude to friends like Lil Uzi Vert who reached out to her both publicly and privately after the incident.
Before the episode was over, the “Chun-Li” star clarified that “this is coming from a place of ‘don’t you know how blessed you are?'”
“I told you this to your face. I said you gotta get thick skin baby girl. People are gonna say the most horrendous things about you,” Minaj continued. “Be happy with your blessings. They’re overflowing. Be happy. Be proud.”