February 9, 2019 by Brea Cubit First Published: February 7, 2019
Cardi B is at the top of her game after having an eventful year in 2018. Not only is she continuing to learn about motherhood with her 6-month-old daughter, Kulture, but she's also anticipating an exciting award season. The 26-year-old star is currently up for five Grammy nominations: album of the year, best rap album, record of the year, best pop duo/pop performance, and best rap performance. In Harper's Bazaar's March issue, Cardi opens up about her whirlwind career and how it's affected her love life and personal relationships. In December, she announced her split from husband Offset but has since said that they're "working things out." The rapper also talks about her "very sexual" nature and what it means to her. See Cardi's noteworthy quotes from the interview ahead.
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On her physical changes after giving birth: "For some reason, I still don't feel like my body's the same. I feel like I don't have my balance right yet. When it comes to heels, I'm not as good at walking anymore. I feel like I'm holding a weight on me. I don't know why because I'm skinnier than I've ever been. But there's an energy I haven't gotten back yet that I had before I was pregnant. It's just the weirdest thing." On why she waited to post photos of daughter, Kulture: "As soon as she was born, one month in [Offset] was like, 'She's so beautiful. Watch how people gonna go crazy.' 'Cause a lot of people were saying mean stuff, like that we don't post her because she's ugly. He was like, 'I'm about to post my baby right now.' But then we were very concerned because we were getting a lot of threats, so he said, 'The world don't even deserve to see her.'"
On her original decision to leave Offset: "I decided on my own. Nobody makes my decisions about my life but me. I didn't want to go to marriage counseling. He suggested it, but it's like, 'I don't want to go.' There's no counselor or nothing that could make me change my mind." On dating in the industry: "I have a kid, and I'm also famous. So I can't just sleep with anybody. People talk. You know, if I date somebody in the industry, that's another person in the industry. If I date somebody who is not in the industry, he might not understand my lifestyle."
On how she feels about sex and relationships: "If you think I'm automatically hop onto you after a marriage, that just means you think I'm a sleaze. And I'm not. I have a kid — I have to show an example . . . Just because I'm out there and very sexual doesn't mean that I have to be whorish. I like to have sex. That doesn't mean I have to have it with everybody. Not that I judge women who want to have sex with the world." On where her life is today: "I feel like my life is a fairy tale and I'm a princess — rags to riches, people trying to sabotage. Before, I cared about everything — relationship, gossip. Now I don't feel like I have the time to please people. I don't care about anything anymore — just my career and my kid. Well, I care about my career because of my money."