Nicki Minaj’s abortion revelation in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine is causing people to look at the singer and former judge of “American Idol” in a new light. On Dec. 30, Rolling Stone shared some of Minaj’s comments that appear in the January 2015 issue of the magazine, and the singer spoke candidly about her life and music.
During the interview, Minaj revealed that she had an abortion when she was 14-years-old. At the time, she was attending LaGuardia, a performing arts high school. At that age, she was dating an older boy from Queens. Her world came crashing down when she was realized she was pregnant. She knew that she was not ready to bring a child into the world. She was barely a child herself. However, her decision has “haunted” her all of her life.
The singer said the following about her decision to have an abortion at that age:
“I thought I was going to die. I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through. It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child.”
Minaj has rapped about abortion in her songs. Us Magazine shared lyrics from one of her songs earlier this month, and she mentioned the child she would have had. The lyrics for “All Things Go” are as follows:
“My child with Aaron, would’ve have been sixteen, any minute. So in some ways I feel like ‘Caiah, is the both of them / It’s like he’s ‘Caiah’s little angel, looking over him / And I know Jelani will always love me, and I’ll always love him / And I’m just his little sister not Nicki Minaj when I’m around him.”
She did not reveal who Aaron was at that time, but it is clear from her interview with Rolling Stone that Aaron is the older boy she dated back when she was 14. She did not reveal any additional details about the abortion or the man that was in her life at that time. “All Things Go” is just one of the new songs on her album “The Pinkprint.” The album hit store shelves earlier this month.
Minaj wanted to something very different with the songs on this album. She wanted to give fans a look at her as a person and a woman. In her tracks, she revealed the struggled she had since the end of her relationship with Safaree Samuels. The pair dated for 11 years. She revealed the following about this album and her goal with it to the magazine:
“One of my goals was to give people a glimpse into my personal life, because it’s something I’ve kept very private. I had to learn to do something as simple as sleep alone,” she says. “I struggled with ‘Do I express these feelings?’ And I decided there’s no reason for me to hide. I’m a vulnerable woman, and I’m proud of that.”
The singer did not only talk about her life and music in the new interview. She also tackled issues of race in the country since the death of Eric Garner. She said the following, according to Rolling Stone:
“It’s sickening, and I’ve been reading so many people saying, ‘Why are we surprised?’ That’s what’s really sad: that we should somehow be used to being treated like animals. It’s gotten to the point where people feel like there’s no accountability: If you are law enforcement and you do something to a black person, you can get away with it. I feel like when Public Enemy were doing ‘Fight the Power,’ we as a culture had more power — now it feels hopeless. People say, ‘Why aren’t black celebrities speaking out more?’ But look what happened to Kanye when he spoke out. People told him to apologize to Bush!”
Minaj has always been known about her outspoken and vocal nature, and this new interview with Rolling Stone shows that the singer is not afraid to speak up and share about her life or her thoughts about the world she is now living in.
She has come a long since her time at LaGuardia as a teen. However, The Huffington Post did share an early acting video of the singer from that time in her life earlier this week. She said the following about attending the performing arts high school:
“It was the first time I felt like I really fit in. Everyone there was creative. For once, I didn’t feel like there was something weird about me.”
What do you think about Nicki Minaj’s abortion admission? Are you shocked by how open she is about her life?