"We're just taking it one step at a time," explains the rapper

By Nick Maslow
Updated March 16, 2016 02:15 PM
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It’s hard not to notice all the diamond rings Nicki Minaj has received from boyfriend Meek Mill, but rest assured, the “Anaconda” rapper does not yet have plans to walk down the aisle.

“I’m not engaged yet,” Minaj, 33, says in her April cover story of Nylon, on newsstands March 29. “He said that my third ring would be my engagement ring. But sometimes he calls me his fiancée, and I’m always trying to stop him, like, ‘Nope! I ain’t got that third ring yet!'”

Minaj continues: “We’re just taking it one step at a time. And, you know, if that happens, if I get married, then I’ll have a child, and that’ll be fun, because I can’t wait to hold my baby.”

The rapper went on to explain her connection with Mill, 28, saying, “When he and I were just friends, he would always say, ‘You remind me of my mother, and I like that because you’re like a dude. You’re tough like a guy and you talk like a dude.'”

That showed Minaj her fellow rapper accepted her for the woman she is. “So I always got the sense that me being tough and bossy was a turn-on for him,” she shared. “And it’s important for me to keep my voice. Being in a relationship shouldn’t mean that you lose your voice. Being in a relationship should mean that you’ve met a secure-enough man to allow you, in a sense, to remain a queen.”

But Minaj’s personal life isn’t distracting her from new projects. Now taking a hiatus from music, she stars in Barbershop: The Next Cut, out April, and is executive producing Nicki – a sitcom focusing on her humble beginnings in Queens, New York – for Freeform, formerly ABC Family.

And the rapper’s still busy in the recording studio: On Wednesday, up-and-comer Bebe Rexha – she’s written for Rihanna (“The Monster”) and has a Top 10 single with her G-Eazy collab “Me, Myself & I” – released her new single “No Broken Hearts,” which features a boss guest verse by Minaj.

Read on for what Minaj has to say about all that and more in Nylon.

On her acting role models when she studied at New York’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts: “At that time I was obsessed with Jada Pinkett [Smith] – I wanted to be Jada and Halle [Berry] mixed. Now I’m going back to those desires.”

On her character in Barbershop: The Next Cut setting a feminist example: “I wanted there to be a little bit of depth to Draya. I didn’t want her just to be, you know, an Instagram thot; I wanted her to have some sort of purpose and meaning.”

On why she declined to twerk in the movie: ” … not every sexy woman is out here twerking all damn day.”

On why she’s in no rush to release a followup to 2014’s The Pinkprint, which she wrote after a meaningful relationship ended: “I needed time to hear myself think again, because where I left off with The Pinkprint was a little bit emotionally unstable. I wanted to take a moment to just live my life, enjoy my life, have fun, go out. I think that’s very important before you start writing again. It’s a spiritual experience for the people who are hearing the music, so I’m trying to be very careful of what mental space I’m in while I’m creating it. Now, I want my happiness to be reflected in the new stuff.”