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Nicki Minaj Lets It All 'Out'

Nicki Minaj Lets It All 'Out'

Female rap superstar Nicki Minaj has a special place in her heart for OUT magazine and her gay fans in general. The "Pink Friday" diva talks touring with Britney and hwo she felt about Eminem using a homophobic slur on her track "Roman's Revenge."

Female rap superstar Nicki Minaj has a special place in her heart for OUT magazine and her gay fans in general.

The multi-faceted performer checked in with editor Noah Michelson to discuss her collaboration with DJ David Guetta on the soon-to-be biggest jam of the summer, "Where Them Girls At," her summer tour plans with Britney Spears, and Eminem’s controversial use of a homophobic slur on her track "Roman's Revenge."OUT sat down with Nikki for a second time, now post Pink Friday’s mega success, and found her darling as ever.Check out a juicy excerpt from the interview here:


You’re going on the road with Britney this summer. Do you feel a particular kinship with her?
Absolutely. I feel like she has experienced life as an underdog, and I feel like my whole career I've been the underdog. I think that it just goes to show that when you are a strong woman, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. You bounce back from whatever. And I think she’s probably gone through 10 times whatever I’ve gone through. But the fact that she came back out with just so much fire inspires me, and it inspires young women and people all over the world. It just inspires you. A lot of my fans feel like they are the underdog and feel like they are the people who aren’t ever accepted for themselves, or who are laughed at or poked fun at forever. It just goes to show that once you keep at whatever it is you’re doing, people may not like you, people may not love you, but they will have to respect you at the end of the day. And that respect is all that matters.

I also think it's your underdog persona that many of your gay fans relate to. Speaking of which, when Pink Friday came out last fall, a lot of people were upset about Eminem's use of the word "faggot" on your track "Roman's Revenge." What's your take on it?
You know, if I’m being honest, I didn’t like [him using it]. I spoke to everyone I knew about it. I spoke to my hairdresser, who’s one of my closest friends. I sat him down and said, “Terrence, what do you think about this? How does this make you feel?” And we had a long, long talk. And he said he didn’t feel like Eminem was talking about a gay person. He felt like it was a word being used to describe a straight man, and he didn’t take offense to it. It’s Eminem -- I felt like we were creating a movie. And in the same way, I feel like if you were to watch your favorite actor or actress say “faggot” or say “nigger” in a movie, you don’t hate them because it’s like they’re playing a role. “Roman’s Revenge” was more like a theatrical piece. I was a character and [Eminem] was a character. This was Slim Shady and Roman. Of course, when it comes to creativity, there’s such a thin line between creativity and something being offensive. But one thing I knew for sure was that my gay fan base knows about how I feel about them, and I’ve embraced them from the beginning -- since my mix-tape days. [Reaching out to gay fans wasn't something I did] once I came into pop culture just to try and get some extra fans. So I felt like the positive would outweigh the negative, and we just kept moving with that.

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