Nas issued a seven-part open letter on his Instagram account on Thursday night, denying allegations of “mental and physical” abuse made by his ex-wife, Kelis in April. The famed rapper also accused the singer-turned-chef of physical assault, mistreatment of his daughter, Destiny, and denying him time with their son, Knight.
“PART 1. “The Price I Pay To See My Son” Nas opened his statement. “And apologies in advance for the typos as I am speaking from the heart as a man who has had enough. Today I got a call from Essence about my ex-wife doing another sad fictitious story. Nothing surprises me anymore, including this.”
The Queens native went on to say Kelis is slandering his name in the media because she is bitter. He doubled down about being a “fair human being,” who wants better for his children. Nas then accused his former wife of being ill toward Destiny, his child from a previous relationship. “I instilled strength in my daughter who you were already so jealous of and treated poorly. Being jealous & verbally abusive to a Little girl.”
Nas admitted not being faithful during his marriage and apologized, saying he was “immature.” He went on to say Kelis has been physically abusive to him while his son looked on. “After 10 years of keeping my silence during a decade of dealing with very hostile behavior and verbal abuse even your stepfather holding you back from one of your physical violent Attacks on me right outside your house THIS YEAR while trying to pick up our son while he watched from the window, it was my weekend and you denied me that because your parents were in town. I just went home. This has been my life for my son’s entire life. Even our son wonders why you treat me the way you do?”
According to the rap legend, Kelis is projecting her own issues when she describes him as an abusive and malicious person. “I prayed for your peace of mind for years because of your uneasy soul,” Nas wrote. “I still do. I guess some things take time. You definitely don’t know me now and probably never knew me. You make up this image of me that’s not true but it’s funny because it’s really you describing yourself. You made up stories about me and claimed I did things that YOU DID.”
The rapper slammed Kelis for allegedly using the Me Too and Times Up movements to try to get ahead. “You play with strong women’s struggles like they mean nothing. You’re taking advantage of a moment in time where women who are fighting for their lives to get justice and be treated fairly & you just looked at it as an opportunity to get ahead. Like abuse is a game? Like tearing down your son’s father is a game.”
He negated the idea he ever mistreated his ex-wife even when she was being unkind. Nas said he did everything in his power to help her career, but he’s over the years of having his name dragged through the mud.
“After all the tweets and posts you made thru the years disrespecting me and my family I still have love for you as the mother of my child BUT I am done with this. This game ends now and GOD will be the judger of all this.”
Kelis has yet to respond to allegations made against her. Read the rest of Nas’ open letter below.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.