Though her third studio album The Pinkprint was released this past week, Nicki Minaj is currently focused on her personal life — fitting, because The Pinkprint is supposedly inspired by her recent breakup from longtime boyfriend Safaree Samuels.
The rapper, 32, and her ex got into a heated Twitter battle on Saturday, Dec. 20, but the precise cause of the public feud is still unknown. The "Anaconda" emcee started the online war, writing, "Even when I try to protect ppl, they still try to take advantage of me. Haven’t u learned that God is in control? Stop while you’re ahead."
"Anything you don’t appreciate will be taken. God sees your ungrateful evil soul. I gave and gave and gave. Threatening me? Blackmail? Jump," she continued. "30K watch the night my cousin was killed on the street like a dog. More than rappers. But it was never enough. Don’t make me. Too much love."
Minaj went on to imply that she encouraged Samuels to start his own career as a musician.
"Wanted fame. I gave u my blessing. I still love. I still love. I still love. I’ll always love. So disappointed," she wrote, quoting lyrics from her "Pills N Potions" single. "Told u It was the wrong move. I sheltered and protected u for years. Loyal for years. Come on. Selling ids? Cuz I’m happy now? Disgusting. Add up them chains watches bracelets rings cars bikes trex’s babe. Stop spending money to floss on IG. that doesn’t last. Love lasts."
In a recent interview with radio DJ Angie Martinez on Power 105, Minaj opened up about her long relationship with Samuels.
"This is somebody I grew up with," she explained. "Like, I don’t even know how I’m going to function without that person in my life. I never lived my life as a famous person without him. I don’t think people realize it’s not just a breakup, that was a humongous part of my life."
When Samuels caught wind of Minaj’s tweets, he also took to Twitter, defending himself.
"im doing interviews about my s–t and s–t im promoting.. not 1 thing said im doing interviews about nicki. yall sound ridiculous," he tweeted. "and speaking to some1 about pub and splits isnt blackmail. stop looking for pitty.. u handle your buisness why cant i? and its not Bout fame its about respect and youve had 0 for me the pass few years.the 0 respect u had for me at home had nothing 2do w/music."
Samuels noted that the public would sympathize with Minaj more because she is a celebrity, and added that her Twitter attack was not the right way to handle the situation.
"im dissapointed too.. ur doin something to me publicly that the public doesnt know your doing but your the victim cuz ur famous.. smh," he wrote. "its so ridiculous that instead of hitting my phone u come on here.. i dnt kno what your talking about at alll!! i would never do that!!! were not 2gthr nemore im fine with that.but im not goin back m forth w/u on here.i cant believe were doin dis. we use 2 laugh at ppl 4 this."