Nicki Minaj Talks Childhood Troubles, Cyber Bullies In ‘Teen Vogue’

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By Henna Kathiya

Nicki Minaj graces the current cover of Teen Vogue with her funky twist on girly couture. The “American Idol” judge is wearing a pink tutu for the June/July edition of the mag. In her interview Minaj opened up about her past, working in the music industry and even tackled the subject of online bullying.

Nicki talked to the mag about the ins and outs of the music industry and how sometimes she can’t take the “popularity contest” that it can sometimes be “People treat this business like its high school. It can absolutely feel like one big popularity contest, and you know what? I can’t be bothered,” she said. “I can’t allow myself to play ridiculous games with grown adults in the industry. I can’t be nice to someone just because they’re hot right now. I can’t do it.”

Nicki is a force to be reckoned with now, with her stint as a judge on “American Idol” and many awards under her belt- but the YMCMB rapper wasn’t always so confident as a kid. “Every time my parents fought, my mother would have us move and I would have to go to a new school, which meant I’d have to face the task of making new friends. I dreaded it,” she explained. “I had butterflies in my stomach each time: Are people going to like or hate me? … Sometimes there’d be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn’t going to be pushed around.”

With nearly 17 million followers on Twitter, it’s only inevitable that Nicki would get some haters online too. But the rapper knows how to deal with the negative comments- she told the mag she tries to ignore it. “I used to read the bad things people said about me. Then I asked myself, ‘Why am I reading that when I have millions of people saying great things?’ You cannot give negativity power,” she said. I tell teens, if you’re having a problem, there’s nothing wrong with deleting your social media. If people keep taunting you and you keep reading it, it’s poison.”

Nicki Minaj is set to perform “High School” at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards with Lil Wayne this weekend.