With Nicki Minaj making headlines for ending her business relationship with Diddy as her manager this week, her former rep Debra Antney has weighed in on the Barbie’s decision.
Maintaining a neutral stance in the situation, Antney said Minaj’s decisions always benefit the Young Money star at the end of the day.
GlobalGrind decided to call Debra and ask her about Nicki’s decision to leave Diddy’s management. This is what she had to say, “That ain’t really my business. Nicki’s a grown woman, it’s her career and she knows what she wants. Nicki is a big girl. She should be able to have whoever she wants as her manager.” (Global Grind)
Earlier this week, reports of Minaj and Diddy parting ways hit the Internet.
A source close to Nicki Minaj has confirmed to XXLMag.com exclusively that the femcee has parted ways with Diddy andJames Cruz, her managers since she left Debra Antney’s firm, and is now being managed by Gee Roberson and Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua over at Hip-Hop Since 1978. HHS1978 also has Lil Wayne, Drake, Young Jeezy and Just Blaze on its roster. Although the reason for her departure isn’t clear, another source tells XXL that Minaj was under the impression that Diddy would be more hands-on with her career, but was disappointed when she realized it wasn’t the case. Apparently, according to the source, there are no hard feelings between Nicki Minaj, Diddy and Cruz. (XXL Mag)
Last October, Minaj addressed speculation claiming she was cutting her ties with Diddy and seeking new management.
Earlier today, there was a statement posted on the web, purporting to be Nicki Minaj’s announcement that she had hired Benny Medina as her new manager. Not only that but the statement took the time to bash her current management team (Diddy, James Cruz and co.), and even refer longingly to her short-lived management arrangement with Troy Carter (Lady Gaga‘s manager). Well, seeing as how Nicki hasn’t even spoken about Diddy managing her for the past 6 months, it would seem odd for her to just go public with this manifesto, right? Right. That’s because the “statement” is a fake. Members of her inside circle confirm that it’s inaccurate, and Nicki herself just tweeted: “lmao. i’ve never met benny medina a day in my life. we good on this side.” (Miss Info TV)
The fabricated statement emerged online around mid-October.
“By now, everyone should now [sic] that I am really strict when it comes to my representation. I had sympathy for Sean however I feel as if I haven’t gotten the guidance the manager is supposed to give his client. Personally, I feel like I’m being managed by mother. Even if you play the smallest role on my team, I wish to see progress. I’d like to thank him for everything he has done for me; for taking me under his wing. I wish him the best with repping Rick [Ross]. But now that my album is about to drop, its time to get serious and stop playing games. If I could turn back time…I wouldn’t have made the decision to let Troy go.” (Statement)
Check out a recent Nicki Minaj interview below: