The rapper opens about about Cyrus, body insecurity and carving her own path
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Nicki Minaj does not mince words – especially when it comes to Miley Cyrus.

In a revealing cover story for the New York Times Magazine‘s Culture issue, the rapper, 32, addresses her feud with Cyrus, 22.

It all started when Cyrus told the Times in late August that Minaj was "not too kind" in her tweets criticizing the MTV VMAs nominations, which resulted in a short-lived spat between Minaj and Taylor Swift.

Over one month later, Minaj has explained why she called out Cyrus after accepting the award for best hip-hop video at the VMAs.

“The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls,” Minaj told the magazine. “You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important?”

The “Anaconda” rapper suggested Cyrus should have actually been supportive of her message.

“Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad,” she explained. “If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”

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While she has no problem setting the record straight on Cyrus, Minaj wants nothing to do with her boyfriend Meek Mill’s feud with Drake.

“They’re men, grown-ass men. It’s between them,” she said. “I hate it. It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.”

Minaj also spoke with the Times about how intimidating social media can be. Despite having over 35 million Instagram followers, the rapper suggested she feels insecure about sharing photos on the popular app, “where everyone is freaking drop-dead gorgeous.”

When asked if she was confident about her looks as a child, Minaj replied, “Hell, no! Now, I want to take steps to become more aware of who I am, what I like or dislike about my body – why is that?”

Minaj, who recently opened up about her relationship with Mill in an interview with GQ, said her outlook on relationships has changed as she’s matured.

“From early on in my life, I looked at a woman not having her money as the biggest curse,” the rapper said. ”Now that I’m an adult, I realize that women stay whether a man’s rich or poor. It’s just a weakness.”

Still, nothing will come in between the superstar and her career.

“Since I was 15, I came out of one relationship and went into another relationship,” she said. “In my relationships, I’ve been told, ‘You don’t have to work that much.’ But I can’t stop working, because it’s bigger than work to me. It’s having a purpose outside any man.”