Cardi B is well aware that her relationship with rapper Offset makes headlines, and not necessarily for good reason. But as she told Cosmopolitan as the cover star for their April issue, people have it all wrong when it comes to why she’s making the relationship work despite past infidelity.
“It’s like everybody is coming down my neck like, ‘Why are you not leaving him? You have low self-esteem,'” she said. “I don’t have low self-esteem … I know I look good. I know I’m rich, I know I’m talented. I know I could get any man I want—any basketball player, football player. But I want to work out my sh-t with my man, and I don’t got to explain why. I’m not your property. This is my life … I’m going to take my time, and I’m going to decide on my decision … It’s not right, what he f–king did — but people don’t know what I did, ’cause I ain’t no angel.”
The 25-year-old has alluded in the past on Twitter to the possibility that she may or may not have stepped out on Offset, 26, or been the perfect partner over the course of the time that they’ve been together. But in her original statement speaking on his actions from January, Cardi said nothing of the sort. Instead, she focused on pointing out that their relationship issues are not much different from anyone else’s, so people should save their judgment:
“Well if people are talking about it and keep asking me how I feel about the situation why not let them know?” she said at the time. “Right or wrong? No it’s not right for a nikka to cheat…But what you want me to do? Go f–k me another nikka? Start all over again and get cheated on again? This sh-t happens to everyone. People handle they relationship different soo.”
And as we previously told you, Offset seems set on making it work as well because he admires her authenticity and her work ethic.
“She is real solid, came from where I came from, did what I did. She’s herself, man,” he said in Rolling Stone. “I seen her develop from the trenches all the way up, and I like how she did it. I respect her grind as a woman. She came to the game with some gangsta sh-t. I like that. I f–k with her. That’s my baby.”