Nicki Minaj on Motherhood

April 12, 2023

Trinidadian-born rapper Nicki Minaj has opened up on her experiences of being a new mother. On October 18, she sat with Jada Pinkett Smith on the show Pink Table Talk and candidly talked about her separation anxiety. While she celebrated having a child and the blessings he provides, she lamented the “huge shift” and the separation anxiety it brought along. “I’m big on respect and loyalty, but at the same time, I do feel that for the last couple of years, I have been leaning more towards my wife and mom,” she said. Minaj further explored childhood fears she is working on through her son to be a better mother.

Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the 2022 MTV VMAs

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The singer further reflected on her journey of motherhood in an interview with E! News. She spoke about her “fear and anxiety” with her son who is now two years old. “I think moms feel like they have to be perfect,” she noticed. “ I hate that I have more anxiety now because you’re like, ‘What if the one time I leave my child, I get that phone call?’” Minaj further revealed the difficulty of working alongside and feeling her heart being “ripped out” whenever she is separated from her son because of work responsibilities. “I remember being in the UK and just bawling. And when I try to FaceTime him, I get sadder. So, I try to hold out on FaceTiming him because to then put the phone down is so difficult.”

Nicki Minaj has always delighted fans with her sense of playfulness. Besides dominating the world of rap, a new side to the star has been revealed. She has always been able to multitask, juggling motherhood, music and movie roles in films such as “The Other Woman” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift Steffie” all while cementing her position as the first female artist to drop the chart as a solo artist since 2002.