Nicki Minaj And Meek Mill GQ: First Joint Interview And Photo Shoot (VIDEO)
In the interview, the couple addresses misconceptions about their relationship, revealing how their connection goes back to Mill’s time in prison last year, when they kept in touch and ultimately built a foundation for a romance. “I think one of the biggest misconceptions at the beginning was that people thought that me and him just popped up out of the blue and were just in a relationship,” says Minaj. “We were friends for a very long time and he was someone that I was able to really confide in.”
She even insists, “Nothing that we do is for TV. My decision to be public about my relationship came before I even met Meek. I was in another relationship and I said after I drop my third album that I don’t care anymore what people think, I’m going to be vocal about who I’m with. It just so happens that I’m with a new guy.” Mill also hits back at claims that they were “faking,” arguing, “That was crazy to me. I’ve never been known for stunts in public that make me look better, you know what I’m saying.”
But that’s not to say getting to this point was easy. In fact, Mill had to convince Minaj to be in an exclusive relationship with him, because she was concerned he wouldn’t be able to handle her level of fame. “I really respect that he was willing to give it a try. In the beginning he thought we could be in a relationship and I kept telling him no, I don’t think he was ready, but he has a very strong mind and he was very convincing and persuasive,” says Minaj.
She explains, “People tell me all the time, it takes a special kind of man to be with a woman who has her own, and it takes a special kind of man to not feel insecure by a woman who is doing her own thing. You know? So, one of the things that made me want to be with him is we spent so much time talking, and he always made me feel like he was ok with me being me. As an artist and just as a woman. Obviously I’m a strong woman in a lot of ways… I’m not a strong woman in every way, I don’t want to make it seem like I am some superhero because I’m not, but I do know that it takes a certain kind of guy. And time will tell if Meek is that kind of guy, because it’s definitely not easy.”
Minaj’s own family had concerns, too. “My mother only knows Meek from what she sees in public, in the media,” she says. “She met him now, but she just wants to make sure he’s a nice guy. She’s overprotective of her daughter.” Minaj also points out, “Another thing people don’t realize is I’ve only had three boyfriends in my whole life. I’ve never dated around… I don’t have a whole lot of experience in that department so my mother and my family were very like what? This is a big step, because they’ve only known one thing for over a decade. Even my pastor, who’s like a second mother, was scared.”
“Everybody was just scared,” she continues. “Those women were scared for me because when I love someone I really let them in, and I really let me guard down, and I think it’s only natural for a mother to just you know, she just wanted to make sure I wasn’t rushing into anything.”
Now Minaj believes they have a relationship that, when it gets right down to it, is just like anyone else’s. She tells GQ, “I definitely think we have a normal relationship off camera. We’re like any other couple in the hood. We’re growing as a couple and as people and as human beings but we still have our careers, and I think probably the only thing that makes it un-normal is that we’re both successful artists, and that’s probably not normal. But other than that our feelings are very normal. Like if I were to speak to a hundred girls right now about what they go through with their boyfriend we’d probably have stuff in common.”
And Minaj doesn’t hesitate to share what she likes best about Mill. “I love kissing him. My favorite thing about Meek is kissing him, which is weird,” she admits. “Just now I was like damn, you’ve been asking can I kiss you a lot now, and it’s contagious because I used to be always asking him to kiss him when we first stated talking. I love kissing him. I love the way his lips feel.”
Of course, Mill has no problem puckering up. “Wouldn’t you want to kiss Nicki Minaj too all day?” he asks. Mill further shares what he likes about his girlfriend, saying, “That you was a hustler. That you were doing your thing. A lot of people coming up. People don’t really have a girlfriends that’s doing more than them or the same thing. I like girls that hustle. She a boss. She’s pretty as f*ck. Bad as sh*t. Ambitious. What else do you want?”
As for Mill’s very public feud with Drake, which was raging strong during the time of the interview, Minaj only says, “Meek is a grown ass man. I may not agree with everything he says.” And Mill confesses, “She likes none of that sh*t. No matter who I’m talking to.”
Check out the behind-the-scenes video below, which shows Mill and Minaj loving on each other during their shoot and tossing money in the air, along with the full photo. TELL US: What do you think of the couple’s joint interview?