Nicki Minaj was forced to skip two high-profile events after first discovering Covid while preparing for Sunday’s VMAs and then going unvaccinated for Monday’s Met Gala.
The rapper, 38, gave detailed information on her health decisions on Twitter Monday afternoon, telling fans how she contracted Covid, while also revealing how she is still “researching” the vaccine.
The mother-of-one also knocked Met organizers about their vaccination requirements, saying, “If I get vaccinated, it won’t be for the Met.”
But she later softened her stance, saying she’d probably get the chance once she got to travel and tour.
Press pause: Nicki Minaj revealed she was dealing with Covid on Twitter on Monday, causing her to skip Sunday’s VMAs. She also scolded the Met Gala organizers about their vaccine requirements, saying she’s still “researching” the jab. She was seen at the Met 2019 above
Nicki said she had Covid after news that she was skipping the Gala started circulating online.
In response to a stunned fan who noticed that Minaj hadn’t appeared in public in a year, she tweeted, “I have a baby with no nannies during COVID. who crazy? Without risking his health to be seen. One himself.’
She welcomed a son last year and has remained very inconspicuous ever since.
The Chun Li rapper explained in another tweet, saying, “I was preparing for vmas and then I shot a video and guess who got COVID?”
“You know what it’s like to not be able to kiss or hold your little baby for over a week? A baby used only to its mother?’
She went on to question the vaccine’s efficacy, saying, “Do you get vaccinated?” Drake just told me he got covid with THE VACCINE tho so chili.’
Cases of vaccinated people getting the virus – known as “breakthrough infections” – are considered rare, but still occur and can lead to serious illness, hospitalization or even death, according to the CDC.
Later in another tweet about her hesitation about the vaccine, Minaj wrote: “They want you vaccinated before the Met. If I get vaccinated, it won’t happen before the Met. It will be when I feel I have done enough research.
‘I’m working on that now. In the meantime, my beloved, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that enclose your head and face. Not the loose one.’
Last month, a Gala spokesperson explained their vaccination policy, saying: “Currently, all participants at The Met Gala on September 13 are required to provide proof of full vaccination and are also expected to wear masks indoors except when eating or drinking.”
Minaj went on to say she didn’t discourage others from getting the shot, especially those who need the shot to work.
“I know honey,” she wrote to a fan who said they were obligated by the job. ‘Many countries won’t let ppl work without the vaccine. I would definitely recommend them to get the vaccine. They have to feed their families.
She added that she will likely get vaccinated in the future when/if needed to travel, saying: ‘I’m sure I’ll get vaccinated too, as I have to go on tour, etc.’
But hours later, Minaj was peddling conspiracy theories, tweeting, “My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine because his friend got it and became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend would be weeks away from getting married, now the girl has called off the wedding. So just pray for it and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision and not being bullied.”
On the contrary, medical studies suggest a link between impotence and those who have contracted the coronavirus, per WebMD.
Still, Minaj seemed to go over the discourse and also responded to fans who said they had good experiences with the shot.
‘That’s great, honey. This is the norm,” she wrote to someone who said she was Covid-free after being shot.
Nothing strange: A Twitter rep later told reporter Donie O’Sullivan: ‘Nicki Minaj’s tweets do not violate Twitter’s COVID-19 disinformation rules’
Minaj continued the conversation, posting a poll asking which vaccine people were taking.
But after several hours, she seemed exhausted and wrote, “You’ve been tweeting about me for an hour. Are you not a #tide yet? Crazy that I’m my own person? Crazy that the internet can’t scare me off?’
“It’s always someone who looks like you. Polls are an important part of research. Real experiences, open dialogue, etc. Put on your red clown tingz.’
A Twitter representative later told reporter Donie O’Sullivan, “Nicki Minaj’s tweets do not violate Twitter’s COVID-19 disinformation rules.”
Absent: Earlier in the day, Kylie Jenner announced she wouldn’t make it. She was seen during the 2019 affair above
Bummer: Jenner took to her Instagram Stories to break the news to fans
Nicki is just one of the A-listers to skip the red carpet at Monday’s Met Gala.
Earlier in the day, Kylie Jenner announced she wouldn’t make it.
“I’m so sad I couldn’t be there this year,” the pregnant star, 24, announced on her Instagram Stories on Monday. “Can’t wait to see all the looks.”
Meanwhile, Zendaya had to cancel due to scheduling conflicts and told Extra last week, “My fans will be very mad at me. Unfortunately I can’t be there because I’m going to work for Euphoria.’
Fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen and Ben Affleck also probably won’t make the red carpet News week.
Missing: Zendaya and Sarah Jessica Parker also declined their invitations
This year’s theme is In America: A Lexicon of Fashion and features a host of celebrity co-chairs: actor Timothée Chalamet, musician Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis star Naomi Osaka.
Chairs of honor for the evening include designer Tom Ford, Instagram sponsor Adam Mosseri and Vogue’s Anna Wintour.
The must-have accessory for everyone at this year’s gala is a Covid-19 vaccine.
“Currently, all participants at The Met Gala on Sept. 13 must provide proof of full vaccination and are also expected to wear masks indoors except when eating or drinking,” a The Met spokesperson said last month.
This year’s gala will be a more intimate affair, followed by a larger gala on May 2, 2022. Both will launch a two-part exhibition, an overview of American fashion that will run for nearly a year.