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Cardi B before fame


From the outside looking in, it’s pretty clear that Cardi B is winning. From making history on the Billboard charts to performing on the Grammys stage and getting engaged all in the span of a year and some change, it would appear that she’s living the life. But the Notorious B.I.G. didn’t say “More money, more problems” for nothing.

In a cover story interview for CR Fashion Book, the “Bartier Cardi” rapper admitted to her celebrity interviewer, Zendaya, that since she’s become something of a household name, there have been many ups, but also a fair share of downs when it comes to dealing with the fame monster.

“Well, one positive thing [about fame] is that, my family, whatever they want, they get,” she said. “Everything that I want to buy, I can get. I don’t have to worry so much about my future.”

And while she had no problem handling her haters before she became a huge star, Cardi still spends a lot of time responding to people who try and discredit her success, criticize her honesty and question her about her romantic choices. She has no problem clapping back in social media videos and tweets, but she admits that it can all be too much at times.

“One negative thing is that, even though I’m happy, I feel like I was a little bit happier two or three years ago when I had less money,” she said. “I had less people who had opinions about my life. I felt like my life was mine. Now I feel like I don’t even own my life. I feel like the world owns me.”

But she told Zendaya that she’s not going to let detractors hold her back. She has goals she wants to reach.

“I really want to accomplish more records, more Billboard hits,” she said. “I might want to get into acting or designing clothes…”

She also has some serious and smart personal goals she’s hoping to accomplish, because family is everything to the 25-year-old star.

“My real goal is to have beautiful kids, a beautiful mansion, and do business that makes me money until the day I die,” she said. “Then be able pass it on to my children.”


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