Nicki Minaj Breaks Silence on Cardi B Fight: 'I Was a Part of Something So Mortifying'
Minaj is finally speaking out about her already-infamous Friday night brawl with Cardi B
“The other night I was part of something so mortifying and so humiliating to go through in front of a bunch upper echelon… people who have their life together,” Minaj, 35, remarked during Monday’s episode of her Queen radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1.
“I was in a Gaultier gown — off the motherf—ing runway — and I could not believe how humiliated we all felt,” she added, while discussing the physical altercation that occurred between the pair at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party on Friday, during which Cardi tore her dress and was seen throwing a shoe in Minaj’s direction.
Minaj also went on to deny that she had ever spoken ill of Cardi’s 8-week-old daughter Kulture Kiari.
“I just want people to know that Onika Tanya Maraj has never, will never… speak ill on anyone’s child. I am not a clown. That’s clown s—,” Minaj continued, using her full name.
Shortly after the physical altercation took place, Cardi wrote a scathing Instagram post that did not mention Minaj by name, but suggested that the “Ganja Burns” rapper had made negative comments about her infant daughter.
“I addressed you once in person, I addressed you a second time in person, and every time you copped the plea!! But when you mention my child, you choose to like comments about me as a mother, make comments about my abilities to take care of my daughter is when all bets are f—ing off!!” the “I Like It” rapper, 25, wrote.
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Minaj also went on to clarify why she waited a few days to speak about the incident.
Addressing Cardi, Minaj remarked that since “you knew that when that footage came out, you was about to look f—ing dumb,” Cardi and her publicist “hurried up and put out a statement” right away.
“I’m such an ill-ass bitch I didn’t even feel the need to defend myself that night,” Minaj added.
In fact, while exiting the party that night, Minaj was spotted smiled and blowing kisses to the crowd.
On Sunday, Minaj posted a possible response to her fight with Cardi B, which seemingly referenced some shade thrown at the “Bartier Cardi” performer.
In a video posted on her Instagram account, Minaj mugged for the camera while “Hard White,” one of the songs off of her latest album, plays in the background. The track contains lyrics, not captured in the video, that may be about Cardi, who has long been open about her past as a stripper.
“I ain’t never played a hoe position,” Minaj raps. “I ain’t ever have to strip to get the pole position. Hoes is dissin’? Okay, these hoes is wishin’. You’re in no position to come for O’s position.” (The O references Minaj’s real name Onika.)
A source previously told PEOPLE that it initially looked like the pair “might hug it out” before “it all went down.”
“Cardi walked towards Nicki and all of a sudden Cardi started screaming something about her child. She was yelling, ‘Bitch you feisty. Bitch don’t talk s— about my child’ at Nicki,” the source continued.
Representatives for the rappers did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.
The source went on to explain to PEOPLE that Cardi “threw her shoe because she couldn’t get through” to Minaj, who “was there with eight or nine bodyguards.”
As for the welt on Cardi’s head that she was seen exiting with, while the source isn’t sure what happened, they’re confident that Minaj was not responsible for the injury.
“Nothing seemed to start the fight other than Cardi seeing Nicki up close,” the eyewitness added. “It definitely seems to stem from deeply rooted issues.”