The former manager of Nicki Minaj has stepped forward to clear the air on recently being “fired” by the Young Money star.
According to Debbie Antney, she was the one who informed the public that she was no longer managing Minaj.
“I am the person that put it out that she did a cease and desist letter or whatever that sh*t is that she did,” Antney said in an interview. “I put that out, she didn’t put that out. She never said anything, that was to stop people from continuously calling me to let them know I no longer have her. She chose not to be with me. That’s why I do sh*t on a handshake. People out there might say that’s a sucker, but I’m not, that’s who I am. You don’t want to be with me, you’re gone free. Do whatever it is you want to do, good-bye…I love NIcki, I love Nick and I wish her all the success in the world. You don’t have to stay with me” (AHH)
Last month, Antney released a statement announcing the termination of her service.
“I love Nicki. I wish her the most success. It’s not about the music, she’s like one of my children… I wish her no harm, only much success.” (Hip Hop Pop Crunch)
Shortly after the reports, rumors spread that suggested Minaj left Antney for rap mogul Diddy.
A source close to the entrepreneur/rapper has confirmed to Billboard.com that Diddy is not only co-managing Lil Wayne protégé Nicki Minaj but also Rick Ross. According to our source, Minaj subsequently went on to seek management from Troy Carter, Lady Gaga‘s manager. Although some websites claim to have confirmed that Carter is co-managing Minaj with Diddy, our source says it isn’t the case and that Gaga pumped the breaks on the deal, threatening to find another manager if Carter took on Minaj as well. When that happened, Carter stepped back and Diddy stepped in, asking one of his own managers, James Cruz, to co-manage Minaj with him instead. (Billboard)
However, Diddy later denied being Minaj’s current manager.
“For the record, as I said before, don’t believe the rumors,” Diddy said on a UStream broadcast. “I have not made no announcement yet, don’t believe no rumors about anything y’all hear. me and Nick, we just cool. I like her style. Rick Ross, he’s my brother. There’s no management announcements or none of that. So everybody, worry about what you’re worrying about. It’s all right for people to know each other and have an admiration towards each other and maybe pick each other’s brains for advice. I will be making an announcement in a couple of weeks on some things. But right now, everybody let’s chill out and be cool and stay focused on being positive…” (UStream)
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