Nicki Minaj opens up about 'anxiety' since becoming a mum
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It’s been more than two years since Nicki Minaj welcomed her son into the world, but in what might be her most candid interview yet about motherhood, the world-famous hit-maker said she’s still finding one aspect of parenthood tricky - and it’s relatable as hell.
Minaj and her husband Kenneth ‘Zoo’ Petty welcomed their little one - who is often referred to as ‘Papa Bear’ by Minaj - into the world on 30 September 2020.
The 39-year-old explained she’s become ‘more anxious’ since becoming a mum and that her ‘heart feels like it’s being ripped out’ whenever she’s apart from her little boy.
Speaking to E! News, Minaj opened up about a recent trip she made to the UK and said she couldn't bear being away from her tot.
"I remember being in the UK and just bawling. And when I try to FaceTime him, I get more sad. So, I try to hold out on FaceTiming him because to then put the phone down is so difficult," she explained.
Minaj also revealed that her toddler has never had a nanny and the idea of Papa Bear being looked after by someone else is something she struggles with.
The doting mum told E!: “I'm a Trinidadian woman. Culturally, we're not really used to nannies and strangers taking care of the babies.
"It's not a bad thing when mums do it. It's just that I have to get conditioned. I have to get it out of my mind that it's a weird thing, because there are tons of celebrities that are doing it and they're raising amazing children."
Minaj also candidly admitted that as a new mum she feels as though she has to be ‘perfect’ all the time, adding that she ‘hates’ being so much more anxious these days.
"I hate that I have more anxiety now because you're like, 'What if the one time I leave my child, I get that phone call?" she said, adding: "I think mums feel like they have to be perfect."
But despite all the anxiety that comes with motherhood, Minaj said she still wants to give her son a sibling one day, noting that she’d feel ‘guilty’ if she didn’t.
On her little boy’s first birthday last year, Minaj dedicated the sweetest Instagram post to the tot, writing: “You’re the best boy in the whole wide world. I don’t know what I did to deserve you, but God bless you, son.”