It's clear Nicki Minaj doesn't give a shiz what people think about her and now we know why!!!
Nicki confessed to Teen Vogue that she had to deal with her fair share of sticky icky times during her childhood, especially when her parents argued, but it was those obstacles that prepared her for the sometimes immature music industry and made her capable of shutting out the haters.
The tough-as-nails American Idol judge revealed:
“Every time my parents fought, my mother would have us move and I would have to go to a new school, which meant I’d have to face the task of making new friends. I dreaded it. I had butterflies in my stomach each time: Are people going to like or hate me? … Sometimes there’d be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn’t going to be pushed around. People treat this business like it’s high school. It can absolutely feel like one big popularity contest, and you know what? I can’t be bothered. I can’t allow myself to play ridiculous games with grown adults in the industry. I can’t be nice to someone just because they’re hot right now. I can’t do it.”
And that's why we love you, gurl! You always keep it real!
But besides the shmoozing that fame requires, it also means opening yourself up to criticism.
So how does she stop the meanies from getting to her???!
The rapping wonder continued:
“I used to read the bad things people said about me. Then I asked myself, ‘Why am I reading that when I have millions of people saying great things?’ You cannot give negativity power. I tell teens, if you’re having a problem, there’s nothing wrong with deleting your social media. If people keep taunting you and you keep reading it, it’s poison.”
And that's how it is done people!
She might not be America's sweetheart, but Nicki is still a GREAT role model for girl power.
Keep doing you, Nicki!!!!
[Image via WENN.]
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