Nicki Minaj Recalls Abortion, Talks Being Pro-Choice In Rolling Stone

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Nicki Minaj has been speaking much more freely about her love life while promoting her super personal new album The Pinkprint. Her latest revelation comes in a Rolling Stone cover story where she talks about having an abortion as a teenager.


The article isn't fully available online, but Rolling Stone posted a few pull quotes, including one where Minaj recalls her relationship with an older man—her "first love"—who got her pregnant while she was in high school:

"I thought I was going to die. I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I'd ever gone through." She ended up having an abortion, a decision she says has "haunted me all my life," though it was the right choice for her at the time. "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."

Minaj wrote about the abortion in "Autobiography," a song from her Sucka Free mixtape, and again on The Pinkprint track "All Things Go." She says:

"Millions of people are gonna hear it. And you gotta watch everything you say — people find an issue with every fucking thing."

In the cover story, Minaj also explains why she's baring so much about her personal life now. "I struggled with 'Do I express these feelings?' And I decided there's no reason for me to hide," she says. "I'm a vulnerable woman, and I'm proud of that."

Not surprisingly, the nipple-less cover image and photos were shot by Terry Richardson.


Image via Terry Richardson/Rolling Stone



I really think it's important that she's willing to be so open about this. For many women, an abortion is shitty, traumatic, and not a decision arrived at easily. Some of you reading this are probably like, "duh" but I can't tell you how many dummies actively accuse women of flippantly get abortions like they're a form of birth control.