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Nicki Minaj Covers 'Complex' April 2012

Nicki Minaj Covers 'Complex' April 2012

Nicki Minaj sticks her tongue out on the cover of Complex magazine’s 10th anniversary issue, on newsstands April 3.

Here’s what the 29-year-old rapper had to share:

On dealing with problems during performances: “[T]he American Music Awards was set to be an amazing performance, but then I had a horrible malfunction with the clothes and the hair ten minutes before I opened. So I was backstage having a f—ing nervous breakdown. My hair was supposed to light up, my choker was too small. So while I was in the box, waiting for the show to open, I had to rip the s— off, throw it to the side, and act like nothing happened. When I got off stage I freaked out because it was just so emotional. I really, really, really wanted that to be a dope show.”

On what’s next for her: “I’m working on my fragrance and my apparel line. They took stuff that I’ve worn, focused on what I like, and then they started doing sketches. They’re pretty amazing. I was like ‘Oh my God, the kids are going to love this.’ It’s not gonna get done overnight, but I know that it’s something they’re going to love.”

On what she’s like offstage: “I’m the biggest homebody. But I’ve been like this. Nothing about me has changed since I got fame. I never liked to go to clubs. I never liked to go out. I don’t know where that public craziness came from. I was always like a comedian to my friends and family, but in a lot of ways I’m shy. I think people read my shyness as being mean. They misinterpret it. The first and only person who ever called me out for being shy was Wayne.”

For more from Nicki, visit Complex.com!

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