To the world she’s a fiery rap superstar at the top of her game.
But Nicki Minaj has revealed a secret heartache that has hung over her like a shadow for years.
The 32-year-old has spoken openly for the first time about having an abortion when she was in her mid-teens in a candid new cover interview with America’s Rolling Stone magazine.
Detailing the horror of making the decision to terminate a pregnancy at such a young age, she said: ‘I thought I was going to die. I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through.
‘[It’s] haunted me all my life. It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child.’