As Nicki Minaj prepares for the highly-anticipated release of her “Queen” album, the Queens femcee is also enjoying being single for the first time since she was 15!
The 35-year-old lyricist got candid in ELLE magazine’s July issue and opened up about being single for the first time in her adult life.
“Becoming single was one of the things that made me feel strong and powerful,” she says. “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**k for beats. I’ve never had to f**k for a record deal. I don’t have those pressures. I get up when I want, shop when I want.”
The “Chun-Li” rapper, who most recently dated fellow rapper Meek Mill, touched on how she once felt like she needed a man to feel complete.
“It’s the first time in my life I’ve ever been single,” she told ELLE. “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.”
Nicki added how freeing it was to finally realize that she could still live her best life without having a boyfriend.
“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 continues.
Minaj discussed her upcoming album which is her first in four years. In a recent tweet, she called Queen “my greatest work to date.”
“I really think it’s gonna be the best album of the year,” she tells ELLE of her album, due out August 10.
“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 and I didn’t want to leave. 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.”
The “Barbie Tingz” artist also touched on how much she loves her sexuality.
“I love being sexy; I’m never gonna stop being an exhibitionist,” she admits before adding that she also believes in “it being OK to keep your legs closed.”
“Maybe I was naïve, but I didn’t realize how many girls were modern-day prostitutes,” she explains. “Whether you’re a stripper, or whether you’re an Instagram girl — these girls are so beautiful and they have so much to offer. But I started finding out that you give them a couple thousand dollars, and you can have sex with them. I was like, ‘Yikes.’ It’s just sad that they don’t know their worth. It makes me sad as a woman. And it makes me sad that maybe I’ve contributed to that in some way.”
Minaj added that she’d rather women “be called snobby or a b**ch or conceited” rather than they are called “easy, and a ho and a sl**.”
Take a look at Nicki’s glam shots with renowned photographer Karl Lagerfeld from the ELLE cover shoot below.