Rap star Cardi B is urging fans online not to bash her estranged husband Offset following his crashing her set at a music festival Saturday to beg her for another chance.
"Guys, I just want to say thank you so much for everybody that's been supporting me, that's been loving me and that feel like they need to defend me," Cardi B, 26, born Belcalis Almanzar, said early Sunday in a calm yet expletive-filled Instagram video following her set at the Rolling Loud hip-hop festival in Los Angeles. "Right, wrong or indifferent, I don't want people to just keep doing … [and] saying [extremely critical things]. Violating my baby father is not going to make me feel any better, because at the end of the day, that's still family."
Alluding to her announcement earlier this month that she and Offset, also 26, were separating after 14 months of marriage and a child together, Cardi B said that, "Unfortunately, we're going through things and, y'know, it's not private, it became public, and … I just want things to die down. I just want, I just need time so we could see eye to eye. … But the whole coming at my baby father … that doesn't make me feel any better."
Two hours later in a second video, she added, using air quotes at one point, "I see a lot of people bashing me because they're feeling because I'm 'defending my baby father,' they're thinking that … I'm getting back together with him. I'm not saying that I'm going to get back together with him. I just don't like that bashing online thing."
Referencing "Saturday Night Live" comedian Pete Davidson saying recently that cyberbullying had sometimes led him to suicidal thoughts, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper said, "I wouldn't want my baby father to have that feeling because of millions of people be bashing him every day. That's a nasty feeling, and I wouldn't want that." She explained that even if she were to meet "the most perfect, glamorous, fabulous man, that perfect, glamorous, fabulous, perfect man is not going to love my child the same way her father loves my child."
Cardi B and Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus, have a 5-month-old daughter, Kulture Kiari Cephus.
A video by audience member Emily Nunez, shot off a screen above the stage at Rolling Loud, shows men and women wheeling in trays with three signs reading: "Take" "Me Back" "Cardi." Offset then comes onstage with flowers. Setting them down and using a microphone, he tells Cardi B, "I just want to tell you I'm sorry, bro," adding, "I love you. Whatever I've got to do to show you, bro, I will." Her facial expressions and body language, clearly visible in the video, show her upset and apparently lecturing Offset about his stunt.
The Root columnist Monique Judge posted a deleted tweet from the Rolling Loud page that she said "basically admitted their complicity in Offset's harassment of Cardi." The festival's tweet reads, "Whatever happens tonight on the … stage, it's going viral. Make sure you're there tonight for Bardi," a nickname for Cardi B.
In response to the kerfuffle, Offset on Sunday tweeted, "All of my wrongs have been made public, i figure It's only right that my apologies are made public too. [I] was just trying .....thank god I ain't got no balloons sheeesh."