Rapper Nicki Minaj isn't involved in a romance … or is she?
In a new interview with Marie Claire, in which Twitter fans ask the questions, the "Pink Friday" singer is cryptic when one of her fans — or "Barbz," as she refers to them — inquires about her "secret man."
"Barbz, I officially hate you for doing this to this lady," Minaj says. "Dear Barbz: I don't have a man. And if he were a secret man, why would I reveal him?"
But while the 30-year-old insists she's not romantically attached to a guy, she's more than willing to dish out her tips on how to seduce one. Are you ready?
"Don't chase any man. Put your school first. Men love independent women," Minaj advises. "You don't have to be a bitch, but there's nothing wrong with it at times. And: Men are kids at heart. They want to be nourished and pet like a dog."
If the songstress seems tough, it's because she's had to be in the male-dominated genre of rap that she's chosen.
"In any industry, there's a double standard. The moment you mess up, it's over," she notes. "Your reputation spreads. No one takes you seriously. A man could do whatever the hell he wants to do — beat people up, do drugs, cuss people out, sleep with 10,000 women a night — and be cool, be held in praise. It's almost like, being a woman, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't."
The Trinidad and Tobago-born, New York-raised Minaj plans to stay involved in the music industry for a while longer. Although, eventually she plans to fulfill her high school dream of becoming an actress.
"I at least want to do three more albums. If I can do that, I'll feel complete," explains Minaj, whose third collection of songs is set for 2014. "One day, when I start getting a couple gray hairs, maybe it will all be only acting. I just never know … I've kind of become the poster child for doing the things that no one expects."
Minaj's unfiltered personality came through when she sat on the panel of judges on last season's "American Idol," where she often quarrelled with fellow judge Mariah Carey. Minaj announced in May that she wouldn't return for another season of the reality competition.
One season was enough to show the audience her true self.
"The perception that people had of me completely changed because there are no cue cards, there's no script, it wasn't be performing a song," Minaj says. "It was, 'Let's see you real personality.' My core is a genuine human being who roots for other people. I didn't want to blow smoke up their ass. I wanted every contestant to leave with something that they could remember."
While Minaj won't be back on "Idol," she is scheduled to appear on the big screen. Her first live action-movie role will be alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann next year's comedy "The Other Woman."
Read Minaj's full interview in the August issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands July 16.
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