Nicki Minaj says she is both single and not single.
The rap star made the first pronouncement on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Thursday, when the talk-show host pointed out what appeared to be a large engagement ring on Minaj’s finger.
“First of all, that’s not an engagement ring,” Minaj, 33, said. “I have two rings from this boy that likes me,” she said, referring to rapper boyfriend Meek Mill. “That’s not my engagement ring, though. He said . . . that if I get a third ring, that that would be the engagement ring.”
As far as the couple’s relationship status is concerned, Minaj said: “I don’t know. We’re still figuring each other out. And in fact, I don’t even want to say I’m in a relationship anymore ’cause I think when people hear that they go to, like, the mean place. . . . You know, I used to say, ‘I’m not in a relationship’ even though I was in a 12-year relationship” with rapper-producer Safaree Samuels. “And then now I feel like just going back to that and saying, ‘You know what? I’m single.’ ”
Minaj also told DeGeneres, “I didn’t put up my Valentine’s Day gift on Instagram and people said, ‘They’re not together’ and we were getting anonymous messages saying, ‘Yeah, she wasn’t with him and she was crying all day.’ . . . Meanwhile we were really in bed all day on Valentine’s Day,” she said, adding, “And then I got up and opened these three amazing gifts.”
After the interview, Minaj posted an Instagram image of herself and Mill, 28, born Robert Williams, and also addressed rapper DJ Khaled — who famously “proposed” to her publicly in an apparent publicity stunt in 2013. Minaj posted screenshots of Twitter comments defending her against claims she and Mill had broken up, “It would be very remiss of you to not watch what I said [on ‘Ellen’] about Valentines Day prior to writing or believing a headline about my comment,” she wrote. “I’m not single. Thank you for coming out. Have a blessed day.”
She also told DeGeneres said the social-media gossip “just made me realize that no matter what, no matter how great your life is, you can’t even impress people. You just have to . . . make yourself happy and forget about trying to get everyone’s approval. It’s better just to keep those things sacred. So now I don’t really care that they [say] I’m in a relationship or I’m engaged or whatever. There’s a boy that likes me. That’s all.”