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Nicki Minaj, former boyfriend in Twitter spat

Nicki Minaj arrives for the Billboard Music Awards

Nicki Minaj arrives for the Billboard Music Awards on May 18, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Credit: AP / John Shearer

Rapper Nicki Minaj and her former longtime boyfriend, rapper Safaree Samuels, engaged in a war of words on Twitter over the weekend.

In tweets Minaj has since removed -- but which posted images of without time stamps on Dec. 20 -- the "Only" singer wrote: "Even when I try to protect ppl, they still try to take advantage of me. Haven't u learned that God is in control? Stop while you're ahead," adding, "Anything you don't appreciate will be taken, God sees your ungrateful evil soul. I gave and gave and gave. Threatening me? Blackmail? Jump."

She went on to write: "Wanted fame. I gave u my blessing. I still love. I still love. I still love," quoting lyrics from her song "Pills N Potions" from her new album "The Pinkprint." "I'll always love. So disappointed."

She revealed a possible motive for the vitriol with a subsequent tweet reading: "Told u it was the wrong move. I sheltered and protected you for years. Loyal for years. Come on. Selling vids? Cuz I'm happy now? Disgusting."

Samuels responded in more than a half-dozen tweets, saying, in part: "Speaking to some1 about pub and splits isnt blackmail. stop looking for pitty [sic] u handle your business why cant i ?"

Minaj afterward tweeted: "I'm sorry. My fans know this isn't me. Hate this. But I'm human. I do so much. Too much. No man would have stayed loyal in this game like me."

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