'I Remember Being So Afraid': Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Abusive Relationship
Nicki Minaj has spoken out in a series of tweets about her experience in a past abusive relationship.
The 36-year-old got candid on Twitter about her experience while encouraging fans not to pass judgement on others going through the same ordeal, instead offering "sound advice" to those going through a toxic relationship.
"When u see a woman in a toxic relationship, rather than laugh & say mean things, try to offer sound advice from your heart & root for her to learn her worth. We’ve all been there," she said.
"I saw my parents fight & argue non stop & never divorce, so I thought this was normal behaviour."
She added that she previously believed that "love had to hurt".
"I rlly used to think love had to hurt. So I could never look down on anyone else," she confessed.
"We are merely human. It’s not easy to leave. Especially in the world of IG where all ppl want to do is post-relationship goal pics for clout & attention. A man should make you feel safe, not afraid."
"I remember being so afraid to speak cuz I never knew when that person would be in a particular mood and I could maybe say one wrong thing that would get me hit," she continued. "So the diff you see in me now is that feeling when a woman feels lifted up, safe, appreciated & unconditionally loved."
"But I first had to learn how to love MYSELF," she added. "If you wouldn’t let a man treat your mother, your sister or best friend like that b/c you LOVE them, then you wouldn’t let a man treat YOU like that b/c you love YOU. This isn’t about judging. We judge too much. Lift them up."
She then gave followers a list of red flags that can be a sign of a toxic relationship.
Minaj is currently dating Kenneth Petty, who she has said she plans to marry after the couple filed a marriage license.
“[We] filed for the marriage license and we still had to pick it up and I was travelling, by the time I came back, we had to renew it again,” she shared on Queen Radio. “From that time, you have 90 days to get married. That was about a week ago, so now I have about 80 days.”
“Before the 90 days is over, yes, I will be married,” she added. “I’m very happy about that because my baby makes me so happy.”
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 000. If you need help and advice, call 1800Respect on 1800 737 732, or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
A range of domestic and family violence resources based around the country can be found here.
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