Cardi B Admits She Used To Drug And Rob Men: "I Did What I Had To Do To Survive”
Cardi B has spoken about a time in her life when she used to drug and steal from men in order "to survive".
In an Instagram Live video recorded three years ago -- which resurfaced on social media over the weekend -- the "I Like it" rapper clapped back at critics and spoke about the lengths she went to in order to get money prior to finding fame.
"The shit that I did to motherf**king survive... like I had to go strip," she said, adding, "I had to go, 'oh yeah, you wanna f**k me? Yea, yea, yea, let's go to this hotel.'
"And I drugged n*****s up and I robbed them. That's what I used to do. Nothing was mother**king handed to me, nothing!"
Sparking a major backlash as the resurfaced video went viral, Cardi addressed her detractors, writing on Twitter that she "never [claims] to be an angel".
"I always been a street bitch," she said, adding: "Ya be glorifying this street rappers that talk about do that grimmey [sic] street s**t but they can't stand a street b***h!"
As heat over the star's action grew, the 26-year-old again posted on Twitter, this time issuing a statement reiterating that she "did what she had to do to survive".
“I never claim to be perfect or come from a perfect world wit [sic] a perfect past, I speak my truth, I always speak my own shit,” she wrote, adding, “ I'm a part of a hip-hop culture where you can talk about where you come from, talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are”.
“I never glorified these things, I brought up in that live [sic] I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it," she continued.
"I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options.”
“I was blessed to have been able to rise from that, but so many women have not. Whether or not they were poor choice at the time, I did what I had to do to survive.”
She added that the men she spoke about “were men that I dated, that I was involve[d] with [and] that were conscious, willing and aware,” Cardi concluded.
“I have a past that I can’t change, we all do.”
Meanwhile, the situation has sparked the hashtag '#SurvivingCardiB' -- a reference to the title of the R. Kelly docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly, which detailed allegations that R. Kelly committed multiple acts of sexual abuse.
A horde of social media users have since declared Cardi 'cancelled', and have pointed out the hypocrisy over the matter, saying that if a male artist did the same there would be far more attention and anger.