Nicki Minaj: “I Want To Be A Mom One Day”

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(Marie Claire)

By Daniel Gates

(Satoshi Saïkusa/Marie Claire)

Nicki Minaj opens up to Marie Claire about men and her controversial “American Idol” stint in an interview for the August cover story. Even though the performer only judged the show for a single season, Minaj thinks her “Idol” experience was valuable.

“The perception that people had of me completely changed because there are no cue cards, there’s no script, it wasn’t me performing a song. It was, ‘Let’s see your real personality,'” Minaj says of the singing competition. She continues,”My core is a genuine human being who roots for other people. I didn’t want to blow smoke up their ass. I wanted every contestant to leave with something that they could remember.”

“Idol” also directly led to her casting in The Other Woman, which may kick off a film career. “I was like, ‘Why does [director Nick Cassavetes] believe in me?’ He goes, ‘I’ve been watching you on Idol, and you’re great,'” recalls Minaj, adding that the show “made me seem more relatable to the everyday person. It’s cracked that shell for my image. I’ve become something bigger than Nicki Minaj.”

In fact, she may leave behind rapping altogether — but not yet. “One day, when I start getting a couple gray hairs, maybe it will all be only acting. I just never know,” she tells the magazine. “I’ve kind of become the poster child for doing the things that no one expects.”

Minaj’s famously dedicated fans — known as her Barbz — feel a special connection to the performer. Referring to the words she and the Barbz use with each other, Minaj says, “I’m very aware that millions of people on Twitter have no idea what we’re talking about. That’s because we kind of have our own language. I used to think it was just a Queens language or a New York language or an East Coast language, but now it’s a Barb Nation language. I have South African Barbz. Japanese. German. Saudi Arabian. You can be a Barb wherever you live.”

While she remains coy about her love life, Minaj does give Marie Claire her secret to seduction. She advises, “Don’t chase any man. Put your school first. Men love independent women. You don’t have to be a b*tch, but there’s nothing wrong with it at times. And: Men are kids at heart. They want to be nourished and pet like a dog.”

And what about family plans? Minaj describes her “epiphany” while touring last year. She remembers, “For the first time, I allowed myself to feel proud of where music had gotten me, and I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude. You feel the need to pay it forward, which starts with analyzing yourself with a true desire to grow.”

“I was praying every day, ‘You know what, Lord? I want to be a mom one day, and I want to start becoming the woman who I want to parent my child.’ I wanted all of the feelings of entitlement to leave me, because some people have this life for a year or five or 10 – and a lot of them lose it,” reflects Minaj. “I didn’t want to become a person who wasn’t enjoying the moment.”

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