Nicki Minaj on the April 2016 cover of Nylon magazine.
Nicki Minaj real name Onika Tanya Maraj, opened up about her boyfriend Meek Mill, their rumoured engagement and her role in Barbershop 3.
Read the interview below:
On her next album: “I needed time to hear myself think again because where I left off withThe Pinkprint was a little bit emotionally unstable…Now, I want my happiness to be reflected in the new stuff.”
On Meek Mill: “When he and I were just friends, he would always say, ‘You remind me of my mother, and I like that because you’re like a dude. You’re tough like a guy and you talk like a dude.’ So I always got the sense that me being tough and bossy was a turn-on for him. And it’s important for me to keep my voice. Being in a relationship shouldn’t mean that you lose your voice. Being in a relationship should mean that you’ve met a secure-enough man to allow you, in a sense, to remain a queen.”
On her acting ambitions: “At that time [in high school], I was obsessed with Jada Pinkett [Smith] I wanted to be Jada and Halle [Berry] mixed. Now I’m going back to those desires.”
On her barbershop 3 Character Draya: “I wanted there to be a little bit of depth to Draya. I didn’t want her just to be, you know, an Instagram thot; I wanted her to have some sort of purpose and meaning.”
On refusing to twerk in barbershop 3: “Not every sexy woman is out here twerking all damn day.”