It’s been a little more than four months since Kelis’ shocking revelations that Nas was physically and verbally abusive during their 5-year-marriage. In an interview with Hollywood Unlocked’s Jason Lee, the 39-year-old explained how their relationship was a tumultuous one, characterized by violence and alcohol abuse, some of which she was guilty of herself. The singer also accused her ex-husband of being an absentee father when it comes to their 8-year-old son Knight. But, despite the media attention the interview gained, Nas declined to comment on the allegations, not even to explain his side of the story or deny the lengthy accusations hurled against him as a parent and a partner.
But this evening all of that changed when the Queens rapper received an interview request from Essence. It seems Kelis spoke with the magazine to relay “another sad fictitious story,” according to Nas. And it’s the knowledge of this forthcoming interview that prompted the father of two, who’ll be 45 next week, to address his co-parenting struggles with Kelis as well as his shortcomings as a husband, though he largely places the blame for the lack of presence in his son’s life on his ex-wife. In the first of seven Instagram posts, Nas addresses “The price I pay to see my son,” accusing Kelis of “exploiting some people’s real struggles and pain” for the sake of fame, attention or simply to “get at” him.
“The Price i Pay To See My Son. And apologies in advance for the typos as I am speaking from the heart as a man who has had enough,” Nas wrote.
“Today i got a call from essence about my ex wife doing another sad fictitious story. Nothing surprises me anymore, including this.
This is what your life has come to sis?
Exploiting some people’s Real struggle and pain…just to get at me….to get attention ? Fame? Another fight against men? We are a human family and we should be better examples for our son. Why is there even a issue for me to have time with my son. A son needs his father. So many absentee fathers out here and here i am being attacked by your accusations simply because i got us in court to help fix this the custody matter?
“Why did i have to take you to court to see our son? Why when i win the joint custody ( which is a win for both of us and our son, it helps us with both our schedules) why do you feel thats an attack on you? Is it control ? Why do you need to have control over my life? because we’re not together? Then why? Is this being rewarded and praised by people who are being taken advantage of by you and your lies?
To all separated couples out there who are cordial and co parent nicely GOOD FOR YOU. I wish that was me. I’m the most chill cool parent there is. Who has time to argue ? About what? It’s about our little guy. You haven’t had to deal with what I’ve been dealing with. Trust me.
I’m a mild mannered god fearing very fair human being who tries his hardest to please everyone. It’s my nature.
I’ve seen this too many times before And there was times i thought Kelis my ex wife was not this type. This is the type of antics that deceive people and people mistakenly call it strong. Seems I always had more belief in you than you do for yourself. I instilled strength in my daughter who you were already so jealous of and treated poorly. Being jealous & verbally abusive to a Little girl.”
In subsequent posts, Nas brings up the issue of money, saying he gave Kelis “the tools to be successful” after she was dropped from her label. He also delves into their ongoing custody battle, saying out of all people, Kelis should understand his “CRAZY” schedule and help him be involved in Knight’s life. Instead, he claims he is “hardly allowed” to talk to his son or see him.
Wrapping up his response, Nas choose to address his fans and explain why he waited so long to speak out, saying his silence was “due to the fact that I don’t openly do this kind of petty sh-t.” He also offered a message to those who were “led down the wrong path” and says he understands that “all things must be taken seriously.” To that end, Nasir says this will be his last time addressing this situation and he still hopes for the best for Kelis because “what’s best for her is what’s best for Knight.”
Check out all of his posts on the next few pages to get his full thoughts. What do you think?