It was the photo that had everyone talking.
Assumed rivals in rap, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, conversing with one another at the Met Gala on Monday evening. And while people jumped to all sorts of conclusions about what that moment meant, Cardi told Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show on Wednesday that it was simply two women taking care of a misunderstanding.
Of course, it’s been alleged since Cardi’s career started to take off that there was some sort of beef between the women, but she told Stern other people just wanted them to be at odds.
“It’s not even the industry. It’s the fans and the people,” she said. “Because people get entertained by other people’s problems and conflicts.”
However, the women did end up having a disagreement of sorts. Cardi told Stern she wouldn’t and never will talk about the actual issue they had (Nicki told Zane Lowe it was over mixed messages she felt were sent by Cardi in interviews about her work on their collaboration, “MotorSport,” and why they weren’t able to shoot the video together) because she always knew she would come face to face with Nicki and would prefer to just hash out things privately.
“I never was feuding with anybody. There was a misunderstanding,” she said. “I think she felt a certain type of way about something. I definitely felt a certain type of way about something. Didn’t want to ever talk about it in public because I felt like we are going to see each other again and we will talk about it. It’s always like little issues. But the thing is, it’s always little issues but fans are always going to make it into a big thing. I spoke to her in the Met Gala about it. And it’s just like, ‘See, it’s just something that needed to be talked about.'”
And while whatever the eventually resolved issue was that hurt feelings and confused both stars, Cardi said she’s more confused about why people always want to see women of color at war.
“The issue was something that the press didn’t know because I don’t like talking,” she said. “I’m not going to talk about it. But I really felt a certain type of way, my feelings were really hurt, and I was on some, ‘This is why I keep to myself. That’s why I can’t f–k with nobody.’ But I just felt like the media, they just so thirsty to also put colored women against each other. Not even hip-hop. I see people put R&B women against each other, and I don’t understand why they do that and why they want to do that.”