Nicki Minaj might be one of hip-hop’s most extroverted and confident personalities, but that did not prevent her from facing the wrath of schoolyard bullies in her teen years. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Nicki opened up about her struggles with bullies at school.
“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,” she told Teen Vogue. “I dreaded it. I had butterflies in my stomach each time: ‘Are people going to like or hate me? Will they talk about me?’”
Bullying would follow Minaj to the extent that her older brother would often be forced to intervene on her behalf: “I encountered jealous girls a lot—it wasn’t like I had nice clothes, so they couldn’t be envious of that, but they were like, ‘You shouldn’t be that confident,’” she said. “Sometimes, if I felt like there was a physical threat, I would call my older brother and say, ‘Can you meet me after school because I don’t know what might happen?’ Sometimes there’d be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn’t going to be pushed around. What it came down to is that the bullies wanted me to bow down to them. And I just wouldn’t.”