Cardi B walks to the beat her own drum and doesn't plan on changing her tune anytime soon. Cosmopolitan nabbed the rapper for its April 2018 issue — her third magazine cover the year — as Cardi B dishes on accepting her authentic self, and the Offset cheating rumors.
When Cardi B first rose to fame, it wasn't because her ubiquitous hit “Bodak Yellow” or even her spot on Love & Hip-Hop New York — it was because her cheeky, unapologetic Instagram video clips, which earned her thousands followers (and haters). While the rapper remains just as unfiltered and playful as her pre-“Bodak” days, she says she has to be a bit more “careful” now given how easily people are fended these days.
“Everybody got different beliefs and different religions and were raised differently, yet you also supposed to be careful you don’t fend somebody. Everybody gets bothered about everything,” she told Cosmo. “Everybody got a f–king opinion about you. If I change myself, then I’m going to lose myself, and I won’t be who makes me happy.”
Earlier in January, Cardi B defended her fiancee Offset after the public deemed a lyric from YFN Lucci and Offset's collab “Boss Life” homophobic. “I’m not going to let somebody call him ‘homophobic’ when I know that he’s not,” Cardi said during a Periscope live stream. “And I’m saying this because I seen him around these … around gays, and he treats them with the same respect he treats everybody. He never acts uncomfortable and he just don’t care.”
Cardi and Offset's relationship has been marred by rumors infidelity, even after the pair got engaged last September. While fans have questioned the rapper for sticking by her fiancee amid all the cheating scandals, Cardi told Cosmo she'd rather work things out with Offset than to leave.
“It’s like everybody is coming down my neck like, ‘Why are you not leaving him? You have low self-esteem.’ I don’t have low self-esteem … I know I look good. I know I’m rich, I know I’m talented. I know I could get any man I want—any basketball player, football player. But I want to work out my shit with my man, and I don’t got to explain why,” she said, adding that it's ultimately up to her to decide how she wants to move forward in the relationship although she knows he's in the wrong.
“It’s not right, what he f–king did — but people don’t know what I did, ’cause I ain’t no angel,” she continued.
The full story is featured in Cosmopolitan 's April 2018 issue, which will hit newsstands on March 6.