Nicki Minaj took to the airwaves on Monday afternoon to address her fight with Cardi B at a Fashion Week event in New York City on Friday. Speaking on Beats 1’s Queen Radio, which can be heard on Apple Music, Minaj said she found the incident “mortifying and humiliating” especially considering it took place in front of “upper echelon people who have their lives together.”
Responding to the claim that Minaj had made disparaging remarks about Cardi’s newborn daughter, Minaj said, “It’s all lies,” adding, “I would never ridicule anyone’s child. [It’s] so sad for someone to pin that on somebody. … I would never talk about anyone’s child or parenting. … These lies are ridiculous.”
Using her real name (Onika Tanya Maraj), Minaj added: “It’s crazy for me that people always need to make Onika the bad guy. … I was wearing a Vauthier gown off the mother f—in’ runway and I could not believe how humiliating it all felt — how we made ourselves look.”
Addressing Cardi directly, Minaj lambasted: “You came into my f—in culture. I never had to bang a DJ to play my songs. You call black women roaches. Real bitches never attack a woman. You’re angry and you’re sad. This is not funny. Get this woman some f—in help. This woman’s at the highest point in her career and she’s throwing shoes?”
Later in the broadcast, the topic of Minaj’s previous feud with Remy Ma came up and the rapper offered that, while she doesn’t always have an opportunity to defend herself, it sometimes gets worked out in her music, or “on wax.”
The star-studded Fashion Week party where the incident took place on Friday was billed as the Harper’s Bazaar Icon bash.
In one of several videos posted to Twitter, Cardi B, wearing a red dress, can be seen lunging towards Minaj before throwing a shoe at the rapper as their security teams rush to break it up.
Sources confirmed to Variety that it was, in fact, the two hip-hop artists involved in the melee, which happened just as the red carpet shuttered.
Cardi B was later photographed with a large bruise above her right eye as she left the party. The back of her dress was also torn.
Minaj, who was unharmed in the encounter, was quickly escorted downstairs by Minaj’s security team.
Insiders confirm to Variety that Cardi B’s bump on her forehead was the result of an elbow from one of Minaj’s security guards.