Cardi B is thrilled to be a mom, and she's not going to let trolls get her down. The rapper, who recently released her massively successful debut album, Invasion of Privacy, is expecting her first child, a girl, next month. While most of her fans have sent her well wishes, she revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that her pregnancy journey had a rough start, as her closest confidantes warned her that having a kid "might fuck up her career." Though she's typically tough as nails, she admitted she feared they might have a point.
"A lot of successful women have kids, and a lot of successful artists have kids, but not at the peak of their career," she said.
She got over those worries quickly, however, after her album and hits, "Bodak Yellow" and "Be Careful with Me," continued to rise in the charts, shattering records once held by musical legends like Lauryn Hill and Beyoncé. Still, she pays attention to what the world says about her, especially when it comes to her relationship with fiancé Offset, one of the men behind the rap group Migos.
"People want to make fun of me, saying I'm the fourth baby mom," she said. "I know I'm not having a baby with a shitty-ass man."
Cardi's defended her relationship in the past after admitting that Offset had cheated on her, saying things like, "This shit happens to everyone" and "I ain't no angel." And who'd want her to be an angel anyway? One of the great things about her is that she's so unapologetically herself, whether she's discussing her past as a stripper, twerking onstage or stealing the show in custom Jeremy Scott designs at the Met Gala.
Thankfully, Cardi told Rolling Stone neither her personality nor onstage antics will change much once she becomes a mother, and, yes, that means she plans to be just as brutally honest with her child as she is with the rest of the world.
"I'm going to tell her everything. Everything," she said, adding that she'll absolutely talk about stripping and the difficulties of carving a path for herself in an increasingly tough industry. But until her child's old enough to have those conversations, Cardi said her priorities will be working hard on the road and spending as much time as possible with her daughter.
"What I envision is my tour bus has my own personal room, and I just want to be with my baby," she said. "Only time I don't have my baby with me is when I'm getting my hair done, makeup done, performing. I don't want to miss one second. I don't want to miss no smiles; I don't want to miss no new movement."
With determination like that, there's nothing this self-proclaimed "regular, degular" girl can't do.