Nicki Minaj‘s love life has been under the microscope since she began parading arm-in-arm with rapper Meek Mill. Sandwiched in between the Philadelphia MC and her longtime Young Money label mate Drake during their viral beef this past summer, the Queens rapper born Onika Maraj didn’t choose sides and still basked in her relationship with Meek, even when critics passed judgment.
In the latest Billboard cover story, she sets the record straight about her rumored engagement to Meek. “He and I are not engaged,” says Nicki, still flashing a shiny rock on her ring finger before offering that Meek assured her three rings before marriage.
“We actually spoke with Jay Z and Beyoncé about it, too,” Nicki recalled. “After our show at [Brooklyn’s] Barclays Center [in October], we had dinner together. They were so giving with advice. I love them so much. It was just a beautiful conversation to have with people we love and we look up to as a couple. They’re so strong.”
While Minaj didn’t divulge the details, she noted that it was an LOL-worthy affair. “I’d rather keep it private. I know Meek — he understood a couple things that I was explaining to him more when we spoke about it in front of them. We were all laughing so much. It was very late — you know when you get so tired, and it’s just like the giggles portion of the evening?”
Minaj admits that dating a fellow artist sometimes means private studio sessions (she has yet to hear the “secret music” from Meek’s forthcoming Dreamchasers 4 mixtape) but that the bond they share keeps her smiling.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with he and I,” Minaj says of Meek, with whom she now shares a home in Los Angeles. “I just know right now we are really, really enjoying each other’s company. So, shout out to everybody in the world that’s just trying to find love or be happy. Everybody should have someone to hold at night. It really, really changes your energy. I find that my energy is very different afterward — if I’m in the bed with him, just hugging him all day. It’s just, like, something about love. You transfer it. It’s infectious.”
Read Nicki Minaj’s full Billboard cover story in the Year in Music 2015 issue here.