Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have long been rumored to have issues with each other, and the Queens rapper claimed in a recent interview she felt the “Bodak Yellow” spitter never showed her “genuine love” during her come up. The pair met publicly for the first time during Monday night’s Met Gala and were photographed chopping it up alongside Cardi’s date for the night, Jeremy Scott. The following day, the Bronx artist paid a visit to Howard Stern, telling the shock jock about their exchange.
“Are you feuding with anybody? ‘Cause that always seems to happen somehow in pop music,” Stern asked, according to Too Fab. “People were saying, ‘Cardi B’s feuding with Nicki Minaj.’ Is any of that true?”
“I never was feuding with anybody; there was a misunderstanding,” Cardi replied. “I think she felt a certain type of way about something. I definitely felt a certain type of way about something. I didn’t wanna ever talk about it in public because I felt like we gonna see each other again and we will talk about it, and it’s always like little issues. The thing is, it’s always little issues, but you know, fans are always gonna make it a big thing.”
“I spoke to her about it,” the pregnant star added. “I spoke to her at the Met Gala about it . . . It’s just something that had to be talked about because it was an issue.”
When asked to detail the “issue” at hand, Cardi declined but confirmed the “Chun-Li” rapper hurt her feelings.
“I’m not gonna talk about it, but I really feel a certain type of way,” she said. “My feelings was really hurt, and I was just on some, ‘You know what? This is why I just keep to myself. This is why I cannot f*ck with nobody.'”
Cardi also dished on the media’s habit of pitting women against one another.
“The media, they just so thirsty to put women in hip-hop–not just women in hip-hop, color women–against each other,” she said. “I don’t understand why they do that and why they want to do that. Like, I’ve seen so many Hispanic artists–females–work with each other, and it benefits them so well. … [P]eople get entertained by other people’s problems and conflict.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.