By D.L. Chandler
Nicki Minaj has been frank in the American media about her turbulent past with her alcoholic and drug-addicted father and during her British press tour, the young star revealed even more details.
"All of my young and teenage early years we lived in fear that my mother would be killed by my father," Minaj shared.
The Young Money diva opened up to U.K. publication The Sun during her stay and shared that she was concerned for her mother’s safety as a young girl. She and her brother often worried about their mother and the rapper admitted that she also internalized the domestic abuse she witnessed.
"It was ridiculous. It made me act out to guys and be evil to them when I was growing up," she said.
The "Right Thru Me" rapper added, "It made me tough. Of course it did. I am an emotional person, but I am a tough person. It was very tough emotionally for me to have a parent who was an alcoholic and a drug addict. I had a mum with no money."
The MC also detailed how she credits her brother for becoming a protective force against her abusive dad and that she has learned valuable lessons at the expense of her family’s painful past.
"I will cry about something but I never let anything stop me. I can't be like my mum. I know I can cut ties and still make it," Minaj said. "She didn't cut ties when I felt like she should have done. That's been my whole thing. I've been able to say, 'This isn't working anymore. You need to get out of my life.' I keep it moving and it has worked."
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