*In the latest Billboard cover story, Nicki Minaj opens up about her relationship with Meek Mill, confirming that they are not engaged, as she had led many to believe with her attention seeking Instagram posts. Minaj also explains how she looks to Jay Z and Beyonce for inspiration and relationship goals, revealing how the power couple recently offered up wise words to the pair Twitter dubbed Omeeka.
“We actually spoke with Jay Z and Beyoncé about it, too,” Nicki recalled. “After our show at [Brooklyn’s] Barclays Center [in October], we had dinner together. They were so giving with advice. I love them so much. It was just a beautiful conversation to have with people we love and we look up to as a couple. They’re so strong.”
As Billboard notes, Minaj didn’t divulge the details, but noted that it was an “LOL-worthy affair.” ”I’d rather keep it private. I know Meek — he understood a couple things that I was explaining to him more when we spoke about it in front of them. We were all laughing so much. It was very late — you know when you get so tired, and it’s just like the giggles portion of the evening?”
Minaj also gushes about her strong bond with Meek and how infectious the feeling of love is, saying “Everybody should have someone to hold at night.”
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with he and I,” Minaj says of Meek, with whom she now shares a home in Los Angeles. “I just know right now we are really, really enjoying each other’s company. So, shout out to everybody in the world that’s just trying to find love or be happy. Everybody should have someone to hold at night. It really, really changes your energy. I find that my energy is very different afterward — if I’m in the bed with him, just hugging him all day. It’s just, like, something about love. You transfer it. It’s infectious.”
She also tells the publication which validation means the most, No. 1 records or the respect of fellow artists.
“The people’s reaction — when I’m on tour, how they scream when a song comes on. Obviously, I always want an album to debut at No. 1. But in terms of songs — for instance, “Super Bass” was so culturally effective. It never went No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but that song still makes people happy. Six years old to 80 years old, when people hear it, they know it and they love it. And, in terms of rap, stuff like “Did It on ’Em.” Whether or not that song goes to No. 1, I’d still be proud of it. Because when it comes on, I could be in the middle of West Bubba and people still screw their faces up and do the head nod.”
Read Nicki Minaj’s full Billboard cover story in the Year in Music 2015 issue here.