Starring in Barbershop: The Next Cut, which hits theaters nationwide on Apr. 15, Nicki Minaj appeared as guest on Ellen this week. The actress-rapper sat down with the talkshow host, where they discussed various things including Nicki’s “engagement ring,” a gift from boyfriend Meek Mill.
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“First of all, that’s not an engagement ring. Right? I have two rings from this boy that likes me. And he gave me…,” said Minaj as Ellen zoomed in on her hands. “That’s not my engagement ring though, he [Meek Mill] said that that’s my second ring and that if I get a third ring that that would be the engagement ring,” she continued, choosing not to mention Meek’s name.
The rap superstar would later open up on why she’s doesn’t want to say she’s in a relationship anymore, and that the two are letting things naturally take its course.
“You know, I don’t know. We’re still figuring each other out. And in fact, I don’t even want to say that I’m in a relationship anymore, because I think when people hear that, they go to like the mean place and try to like—not you, though. You’re super. I love you to death.”
“You know, I used to be secretive. You guys asked me about that before on my pre-interview,” Nicki tells DeGeneres. “I used to say, ‘I’m not in a relationship,’ even though I was in a 12-year relationship. Now I feel like just going back to that and saying, ‘You know what? I’m single.”
The 33-year-old also touched on Valentine’s Day, why she chose not to post her gift on Instagram, and the false rumors that followed stating she broke up with Meek Mill.
“People said, ‘They’re not together.’ We were getting anonymous messages saying, ‘Yeah, she wasn’t with him [Meek] and she was crying all day.’ Just putting up all these things. Meanwhile, we were really in bed all day on Valentine’s Day. Like, seriously! We were in bed all day and then I got up and opened these three amazing gifts, and then I went back to bed. Then I read this story that we weren’t together on Valentine’s Day and it just made me realize that no matter how great your life is, you can’t even impress people. You just have to do you and make yourself happy and forget about trying to get everyone’s approval. It’s better just to keep those things sacred. So, now, I don’t really care to say ‘I’m in a relationship’ or ‘I’m engaged’ or whatever. There’s a boy that likes me. That’s all.”
“He [Meek] and I are just two souls right now passing through the universe, and I don’t know what’s going to happen. I just have learned over the years to just let things be and come and go as they are going to come and go.”