NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: Rapper Nicki Minaj attends TIDAL X: 1015 on October 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for TIDAL)

Trigger Warning: This story contains content regarding domestic abuse.

Over the holiday weekend, Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to share that she was a domestic abuse survivor.

Before revealing her truth, Minaj tweeted, “when u see a woman in a toxic relationship, rather than laugh & say mean things, try to offer sound advice from your heart & root for her to learn her worth. We’ve all been there. I saw my parents fight & argue non stop & never divorce, so I thought this was normal behavior…”

The “Megatron” rapper also tweeted a list of things that she feels are signs that a man doesn’t love his partner.

“Dear all of you beautiful souls. A man who loves you does not: 1. Humiliate you on social media, 2. beat you, 3. cheat on you, 4. call you out of your name/put you down to lower your self-esteem due to his own insecurities, 5. hide his phone, passwords, whereabouts, etc.,” Minaj tweeted.

“I [really] used to think love had to hurt. So I could never look down on anyone else. We are merely human. It’s not easy to leave. Especially in the world of IG where all ppl want to do is post relationship goal pics for clout & attention. A man should make you feel safe, not afraid,” Minaj continued.

“I remember being so afraid to speak cuz I never knew when that person would be in a particular mood and I could maybe say one wrong thing that would get me hit. So the diff you see in me now is that feeling when a woman feels lifted up, safe, appreciated & unconditionally loved,” Minaj revealed while referring to former abusive relationship that she was in.

“But I first had to learn how to love MYSELF. If you wouldn’t let a man treat your mother, your sister or best friend like that b/c you LOVE them, then you wouldn’t let a man treat YOU like that b/c you love YOU. This isn’t about judging. We judge too much. Lift them up,” Minaj continued.

When Minaj shared her experience on Twitter, some of her fans responded with their own experiences and also thanked the rapper for helping them. Check out some of the tweets below.



Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.