Nicki Minaj Rolling Stone January 2015

Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Teenage Abortion, ‘Pinkprint’ & More in Rolling Stone

Nicki Minaj Covers Rolling Stone January 2015

Nicki Minaj Covers Rolling Stone January 2015

Nicki Minaj will kick off her new year by appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine’s January 2015 issue.

Set to hit newsstands and in the iTunes App Store this Friday, January 2, the rapper speaks about having an abortion as a teenager, her sympathy for Kanye West, the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner and much more.

She also engages in a sexy photo spread, which was shot by famed photographer Terry Richardson. Take a look at a few of the excerpts from the interview below.

Nicki Minaj for Rolling Stone January 2015 photographed by Terry Richardson

Nicki Minaj for Rolling Stone January 2015 photographed by Terry Richardson

On her abortion:

“I thought I was going to die. I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through. It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child.”

On Kanye West:

“He was the unofficial spokesman for hip-hop, and he got torn apart. And now you haven’t heard him speaking about these last couple things, and it’s sad. Because how many times can you be made to feel horrible for caring about your people before you say, ‘Fuck it, it’s not worth it, let me live my life because I’m rich, and why should I give a fuck?'”

On the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner:

“It’s sickening, and I’ve been reading so many people saying, ‘Why are we surprised?’ That’s what’s really sad: that we should somehow be used to being treated like animals. It’s gotten to the point where people feel like there’s no accountability: If you are law enforcement and you do something to a black person, you can get away with it.”

On why she decided to open up to fans on The Pinkprint:

“One of my goals was to give people a glimpse into my personal life, because it’s something I’ve kept very private. I had to learn to do something as simple as sleep alone,” she says. “I struggled with ‘Do I express these feelings?’ And I decided there’s no reason for me to hide. I’m a vulnerable woman, and I’m proud of that.”