News: Nicki Minaj Reveals Past Suicidal Thoughts

Friday, Oct 7, 2011 5:52PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Young Money's Nicki Minaj opens up about her pre-fame days and a past contemplation to commit suicide in the new issue of Cosmopolitan.

Within her cover feature, Minaj said her early struggle days made suicide a brief possibility.

In the November issue of Cosmopolitan, the Harajuku Barbie opens up about a range of topics, including a particularly dark period when the MC actually considered taking her own life. "I kept having doors slammed on my face," Minaj recalled of her pre-fame struggles. "I felt like nothing was working. I had moved out on my own, and here I was thinking I'd have to go home. It was one dead end after another. At one point, I was, like, 'What would happen if I just didn't wake up?' That's how I felt. Like maybe I should just take my life?" (MTV)

Last fall, Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West admitted thoughts of suicide.

Kanye West told an audience at a screening of his film, "Runaway," that he thought about killing himself, but now feels a responsibility to make a meaningful contribution to pop culture and art. Describing himself as a pop icon and "soldier for culture," West told the crowd "there were times that I contemplated suicide." However, he said, "I will not give up on life again." "There's so many people that will never get the chance to have their voice heard" as loudly as his, West said Monday. "I do it for them." (Associated Press)

Over the summer, Cash Money's Bow Wow said the birth of his daughter made him shake off thoughts about taking his own life.

"Let me start off by saying i love my fans. With out yall i wudda been left the game. For the past 3 years i been batteling life. Even thought about taking my own. I felt like as a kid i did everything and saw everything too fast which spoiled my adult years. I felt as if i had no purpose to live(Thinking selfishly) until god gave me the illest gift of my life. No lambo, no blk card nuffn ammounts to my lil girl. I waited so long to tell yall the truth because i was nervous on how yall would look at me. Yall know everyone makes a big deal out of everything i do. I wanted to be 1st n let yall know the real. My lil girl is getting BIG fast. i love every minute of it. She inspires me to go harder.Even made me treat my mother better, its like it made me into a man over night. Never been a fan of posting pix of my daughter. Reason is because i want my boo boo to have everything i didnt. Want her to be able to cheerlead with her lil friends with out some a**hole sticking his camera all in my lil girl face." (Bow Wow Today)

Last December, hip-hop veteran MC Lyte discussed Minaj's genre-transcending abilities.

"Those who really need to be worried by Nicki's record is Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Nelly Furtado," Lyte said in an interview. "Nicki is coming out to win. She's not thinking of the block. She's not just thinking of the city. So she's able to handle so many areas of what it takes right now to be an international star. So hats off to everybody that's doing it but, I see the vision that Nicki sees for herself that people probably didn't see before." (VH1)

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