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Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Having an Abortion as a Teen: It Has 'Haunted Me All My Life'

Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Having an Abortion as a Teen: It Has 'Haunted Me All My Life'

Nicki Minaj shows off a ton of cleavage on the cover of Rolling Stone‘s latest issue.

Here’s what the 32-year-old rapper had to share with the mag:

On inspiring young women: “With a video like ‘Anaconda,’ I’m a grown-ass fucking woman! I stand for girls wanting to be sexy and dance, but also having a strong sense of themselves. If you got a big ol’ butt? Shake it! Who cares? That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be graduating from college.”

On having an abortion when she was a teen: “I thought I was going to die. I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through. [It] haunted me all my life. It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child.”

On her goals in her album The Pinkprint: “One of my goals was to give people a glimpse into my personal life, because it’s something I’ve kept very private.”

For more from Nicki, visit RollingStone.com. Bigger cover inside…

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  • Anastatia Bagans

    The progession of women in popular culture dissapoints me. How did we go from Susan B Anthony and the countless women who just wanted a VOICE? A chance to vote? To be heard? To be EQUAL. To be treated FAIRLY? To have the chance to wear a damn pair of pants if they wanted to without any judgement? They fought for our rights and for our voices to be heard..and now we have this disgrace shaking her body in pornographic ways with her vulgar awful video talking about it’s empowering? For who???? Is that your message? SHAKE YOUR A*S? All you are doing is objectifying women and yourself more than what they already are. I’m sick of this generation of women.

    Madonna was groundbreaking in the 80s when she was preaching for sexual empowerment. It’s NOT groundbreaking anymore, it’s a ploy for attention and you look SLEAZY degrading yourself in such a superificual way. You aren’t fooling me.

    And why the hell is it important to tell people you killed a life source?? Why the hell do we need to know that???

  • Jay

    See I use to agree with you, that we were past that but evidently not. When a woman expresses herself sexually it is seen a demeaning. It is seen as cheap, slutty and not an expression of self not an expression of a part of you.

    I get that when Nicki minaj does it, it is for attention she is an example of someone sexualising themself to sell for lack of options. But what about someone like Miley, she was a pop princess i think rolling stone use to call her the pre-teen queen. She did it to assert ownership of herself and that was the most aggressive way she could see of doing it. Everytime she gets naked you can see for her it’s a ‘fuck you’ to what you think I should behave. (I think EVERYONE is aware she would sell more if she calmed it down.)

    They put limits on you and it’s patriarchal, your allowed to be sexy which is another word for attractive as long as it’s within a certain parameter. There is an acceptable limit, but those are on male terms. A tight dress, thats not too short. A little cleavage etc Do you honestly believe women don’t know what men find attractive, these women know they are being explicit almost vulgar and that it’s not attractive to MEN but they don’t care. They like it, and thats what they care about. For example the term lady like, what does that mean???

    For me I believe that even though i looks bad we needed this again. Not a madonna, not a miley not a nicki but we needed a Beyonce.
    We needed someone like Beyonce to own her sexuality. Someone who is/was respected and admired. We needed someone to choose to be explicit and sexual just because they wanted to, not because they needed to. And still people are they shouting slut whore etc. Do you know that Beyonce was told this would hurt her image and make her less marketable. People don’t like seeing women being sexual as much as you believe. Men don’t like seeing women being sexual, when it’s not on their terms. So I understand what your saying but it’s not that simple. When is it ok for a woman to like sex and be comfortable with that. Not everything is for men. Half of these people their audience is female. You say Madonna broke boundaries but it’s still incredibly hard to be an intelligent,successful woman who is loves her body and sees no shame in showing that.

  • P Ko

    She’s a pig.

  • Mike1288

    I think this conversation is a difficult one but I also think using Miley as an example is not a good one. Miley comes off as someone who cares too much about what people think of her. She does it so no one considers her Hannah Montana. She does not have to pose naked on twitter to do that. If she was mature and say she did charity work and speak on topics thoughfully then I would say man she has grown up. I just think it is the easier way to show people you are grown up when you pose naked.

  • Anastatia Bagans

    No don’t get it confused, understand the term sexuality. these women nowadays are expressing PORNOGRAPHY. Sexuality is NOT making your ass JIGGLE. Sexuality is not rapping about how you like to get your a*s licked. It’s vulgar and it’s the “norm” in this day and age.
    As far as Miley goes..are you actually going to sit there and say the only way to take ownership of her “image” was to hump an inflated finger? See people like you simplify women, that’s the problem. I’m not telling women how to behave, I question why women think this is the ONLY WAY they can make a statement. They are simplifying themselves and women and creating barriers for themselves. They want people to take them seriously but shake their butt cheeks for women empowerment. How is that progressive? It sends a message to people that the only way you can be groundbreaking as a woman is to “shock” people with your assets. The only way to be groundbreaking is hump an inflated finger. The only way to be groundbreaking is to sell sex and gyrate your crotch on my television.

    And honestly..don’t even compare MADONNA to Nicki, or Miley OR Beyoncé. Madonna did this twenty + years ago when NO WOMAN was owning her sexuality and she did it a thousand times better and has more creativity in her pinky than “bayawnce” does. Beyonce is another madonna knock off. Madonna continues to break boundaries being half of these girls ages and she’s doing it by being a 56 year old woman in pop music. THATS groundbreaking. THATS new. I can RESPECT that. She is not mindlessly acting a certain way for attention or for that same ol tired line “im taking ownership of my self” Madonna is paving the way for pop women when they reach 56 years old!

  • leila

    Not a real fan of hers, but I do appreciate her candor in this interview

  • Jay

    I’m not trying to argue with you. Just trying to see where your coming from. Your contradicting yourself, it seems madonna is someone you hold in high regard and she gets to play by different rules, judged differently.

    Also ‘I question why women think this is the ONLY WAY they can make a statement.’ These women do not speak for women, they don’t claim to. They speak for themselves and yes it would see it is what occurred to them. In most mediums sex and violence is used to express extremes, to shock.

    I’m not using miley cyrus as my main example I was explaining her first cut from the ‘princess image’. Miley now is a young woman who has been thrown a lot more hate than most people will experience in their lifetime. Miley right now is just trying to cope. Also miley is someone your idol Madonna respects.

    If you can get past your obvious distain for Beyoncé and actually tell me what you think about an artist who has always been sexy but not explicit choosing to talk about sex in an honest way in her music and how……
    And madonna her latest shoot, for me it was obvious she wanted to topless because SHE wanted to, but again, most people talk shows, magazines made it seem like she was trying to keep up, that she needed to, made it her out to be a desperate old lady clinging on. When if you just look at madonna it is clear that is not the case. People find it hard to accept that sometimes women just want to be sexy for their bloody selves because they think it looks good.

  • chelsea

    Is it past bothering to even complain about Nicki Minaj even being on the cover of Rolling Stone?

  • Gina

    I usually have a problem with singers who are overly proactive. But for some reason, I can’t bring myself to hate on Nicki. It probably has something to do with the fact that she has actual talent as a lyricist and songstress & that she is also pretty intelligent. Without that, I probably wouldn’t care for her.

  • beara

    She makes me want to barf.

  • FaceOfThe_E

    I stopped reading your excuses for empowerment for women after the Miley Cyrus paragraph. Women used to fight for a cause, but now I see why the only usage for them was in the kitchen and popping out babies. They are sex-craved sluts, dying for attention and using empowerment to excuse this crude behavior. As a woman I am offended and tired of this crap, it’s not even sexy, it’s not even shocking anymore, it’s a desperate contest of who can be the skankiest in Hollywood because that equals more media coverage and more sells for little girls, who inspired by this BS will continue to up the population of single mothers in the US. I can’t wait till men start wearing less and less clothes are start dangling their genitals around in music videos. Let’s see how overwhelmed and offended women will be by that. I’m tired of Nicki and her excuses. She killed that baby, because she had better things to with her body, other than get fat for nine months, with no baby daddy around to help her with parenthood. How can we women sit around and preach about STDs, AIDS, teen-pregnancy and confidence and at the same time believe that the crap being done by Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and Madonna’s old behind these days is acceptable? What a bunch of hypocrites and dumb people. While these hookers get rich, women continue to stoop lower and lower. More meat for men. What’s the difference between female artists these days and prostitutes? They all got a pimp and they are all selling their bodies and dignity for their percentage of the mighty dollar. Only in America.

  • FaceOfThe_E

    She is still Hannah Montana acting skankier. She can’t shed the image, I don’t care what she does.

  • FaceOfThe_E

    She is still Hannah Montana acting skankier. She can’t shed the image, I don’t care what she does.

  • PlayNice

    I applaud her for her honesty and opening up about what has to be an extremely sensitive subject for her.

  • David

    It’s hard to take her seriously when she is dressed like she is.

  • falina

    Preach!!!

  • Kathleenicorn

    Beyonce LOL

  • Kathleenicorn

    On inspiring young women: “With a video like ‘Anaconda,’ I’m a grown-ass fucking woman! I stand for girls wanting to be sexy and dance, but also having a strong sense of themselves. If you got a big ol’ butt? Shake it! Who cares? That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be graduating from college.”

    ok that makes no sense. I hope that’s not exactly how the article is written.

    the anaconda video has nothing to with school or careers, its just about pleasing guys, dating guys, and using your ass and stuff. not very deep, what is it supposed to inspire? imo it probably inspires dancing, which is good but yeah, if you think nicki minaj is supposed to be inspirational then lol good luck to you. the only thing she’s inspired in me is cynicism cause she comes across as so incredibly shallow and she’s so popular i can only assume we’re raising a generation of shallow idiots

  • http://www.mrsodie2.com/ Mrs Odie

    One of the biggest scams the patriarchy ever pulled was to convince women that “shaking your ass” empowers you because it’s your choice. Men don’t objectify me! I CHOOSE to be naked, in my underwear, starving myself down to a bikini 4 weeks after giving birth because I’m a strong, independent woman! Nicky Minaj is walking proof of the male gaze and its domination of the industry. White male gaze. Because big Kardashian and Minaj booties are the exemplifications of the eroticized “otherness” of black and brown bodies. Sorry, Ms. Minaj, but you’ve been bamboozled.

  • http://www.mrsodie2.com/ Mrs Odie

    You know what? These women will be sexual attractive beings no matter what they do or don’t wear! Expressing your youth and sexuality at 23? How can you not? A pretty 23 year old looks sexy scooping dog poop! It’s nature’s way of ensuring survival of our species. When they act “hypersexual,” they’re playing a role in a narrative. Written by the men who run their industries. Wealthy, old, white men.

  • http://www.mrsodie2.com/ Mrs Odie

    Most teenage boys and men in their 20s think women can and do have orgasms from being pounded as with a jackhammer, that we all do and enjoy anal sex, that we love having men ejaculate in our faces. Why? Because they all watch porn on the internet starting at a very young age. My friend caught her son with some hardcore downloads when he was 9. Entertainers now have to act like porn performers to be provocative, because with the internet, everyone has seen porn. It used to be a smaller group of much older men or college guys who had seen all those hardcore porn DVDs. Now it’s everyone. The women who want to appear sexually appealing in all entertainment are looking more and more like porn actors. And I heard an interview from a porn performer where she said she gets paid way extra for anal because it hurts and no one wants to do it. Another friend had to show that interview to her 17 year-old son because he refused to believe his old lady mom that all women weren’t out there Nicky Minaj-style shaking their asses because they wanted anal. He’s seen the videos! The women LOVE it. More mothers need to talk to their sons. I feel sorry for teenage girls in relationships these days. They all think posting pictures of yourself naked is the norm. It’s fine if it’s a choice, but even then, she should ask herself why. One teen girl told me that her bf said if he didn’t have pics of her on his phone to look at, he’d be forced to look at porn. It’s the blue balls will kill me argument evolved for the 21st century!

  • http://www.mrsodie2.com/ Mrs Odie

    Desperate old lady? Exactly how the media spins it, right?Sexuality is only for the young. Beyoncé is empowered, but a 56 year-old is “desperate” and an “old lady.” That is for men. It’s a man’s view that a woman over 30 (maybe 35 if she’s really hot, but are there pictures of her when she was 25 he can look at? All the better) is no longer a sexual object, so then they are supposed to cover up and go away. Over 50? A man shouldn’t even be required to have to look at her! And she better keep that body covered or it might make his hard-on go away. Just unacceptable. Madonna does what she does. I don’t really care. Back when she was rolling around in her bra with her belly showing, she was in her mid-twenties, not late teens or just old enough to legally drink.

  • http://www.mrsodie2.com/ Mrs Odie

    Desperate old lady? Exactly how the media spins it, right?Sexuality is only for the young. Beyoncé is empowered, but a 56 year-old is “desperate” and an “old lady.” That is for men. It’s a man’s view that a woman over 30 (maybe 35 if she’s really hot, but are there pictures of her when she was 25 he can look at? All the better) is no longer a sexual object, so then they are supposed to cover up and go away. Over 50? A man shouldn’t even be required to have to look at her! And she better keep that body covered or it might make his hard-on go away. Just unacceptable. Madonna does what she does. I don’t really care. Back when she was rolling around in her bra with her belly showing, she was in her mid-twenties, not late teens or just old enough to legally drink.

  • Jay

    Yep there are a lot more rules for women. We are held to a higher standard but not afforded the same respect. It’s hard to see it ever being any different.

  • FaceOfThe_E

    It’s just another desperate artist trying to find an excuse for trying to be more skankier than the previous skank. Perhaps we should go to the public park and grope ourselves in front of others. When they call the cops, I’ll just say “I’m empowered officer and I got straight As.”

  • FaceOfThe_E

    You should stop believing everything you read. In most cases, it’s the girl’s idea to send her naked photos to her boyfriend.
    Secondly, Nicki Minaj isn’t shaking her non-jiggling, concrete injected ass because little boys like porn. Little boys is not buying her music or being influenced by her, it’s little girls who is buying that crap, dressing up like her and imitating her. There is nothing wrong with having sex appeal or using it to sell yourself, but in Nicki’s case, this ain’t sex appeal, it’s plain desperation. She has no talent, so she uses this gimmick to get attention from the press and they shove her down your throat enough, that you are exposed to her music and pressured to buy it. Taylor Swift has the top selling album of 2014, she kept her clothes and let her talent sell the record. She used sex appeal too but it’s not desperate and classless. Beyonce’s last album sucked, but her sleaziness made it popular with the media, which led to more checks in her pocket and more brain-washed sheep or Americans buying that crap. I don’t see how we are blaming porn for why female artist are no more than sluts now.

  • Kathleenicorn

    lol i hope you told her he will look at porn regardless lol

  • http://www.mrsodie2.com/ Mrs Odie

    I did, indeed.