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- Cardi B shared a statement on Instagram in response to an old video of her that resurfaced on social media.
- In the video, which is reportedly three years old, the rapper rants about drugging and robbing men who wanted to have sex with her in order to pay for studio fees.
- Cardi B has been candid about her time working as a stripper.
- In the statement shared on Tuesday, the rapper said she “had very limited options” in the past, and did what she had to do “to survive.”
- She added: “All I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future.”
Rapper Cardi B shared a frank statement on Instagram after an old video resurfaced of her saying she used to drug and rob men who wanted to have sex with her.
In the video, which was originally shared on Instagram Live, Cardi B ranted about having to pay $50,000 studio fees and what she had to go through to pay the bills.
“I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f— me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go back to this hotel,’ and I drugged n—– up, and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do,” she said in the clip that was reportedly recorded three years ago, according to Page Six.
People on Twitter used the hashtag #SurvivingCardiB (in reference to the R. Kelly documentary “Surviving R. Kelly”) to condemn the rapper, although others also came to her defence.
On Tuesday, Cardi B shared a statement on Instagram responding to the old video.
“So I’m seeing on social media that [an Instagram] live I did 3 years ago has popped back up. A live where I talked about things I had to do in my past right or wrong that I felt I needed to do to make a living.
She went on: “I never claim to be perfect or come from a perfect world wit (sic) a perfect past I always speak my truth I always own my s—.
“There are rappers that glorify murder violence drugs an (sic) robbing. Crimes they feel they had to do to survive.
“I never glorified the things I brought up in that live I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel responsibility not to glorify it.”
She added: “I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options. I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but so many women have not.
“Whether or not they were poor choices at the time I did what I had to do to survive.”
She concluded: “I have a past that I can’t change we all do.”
She captioned the post: “All I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future.”
You can read the full statement here:
Cardi B (real name: Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar) has been candid about her past working as a stripper.
“People say, ‘Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it.’ Because y’all don’t respect me because of it, and y’all going to respect these strippers from now on,” she said in an interview with Cosmopolitan last year.
Her road to fame has involved a fair share of controversy already.
After attending the 2018 Met Gala with Offset, Cardi B’s entourage allegedly attacked a fan who asked the rapper for an autograph. A few months later, she reportedly turned herself into police over charges that she ordered an attack on two bartenders at a strip club in August.
Her feud with fellow New York rapper Nicki Minaj has probably inspired the most headlines, though. For months, the two denied that there was any beef between them, but the tension reached a boiling point during a brawl at New York Fashion Week in September 2018.
Cardi B reportedly threw her shoe at Minaj, claiming the rapper spoke ill of her child.
Since then, the women have continued to take jabs at each other on social media.