Nicki Minaj has opened up about her issues with Percocet addiction in a new interview.
Speaking to Vogue, whose December issue she covers, the rapper detailed how she was prescribed the medication for menstrual pain and quickly became hooked.
Minaj said: “No one told me that this was a narcotic and this was addictive. Luckily I was able to ground myself. But — once an addict, always an addict.
“I feel like if you’ve ever experienced addiction to anything, which I have, you always have to think twice and three times about the choices that you make.”
Nicki also compared her situation to other high profile figures who have had drug issues: “Look at some of our biggest celebrities. They eventually either get laughed out of wanting to go outside anymore, like Michael Jackson, or criticized, like Whitney Houston, or they fight silent battles, like Prince.
“These are some of the greatest of all time. And one day they decided, ‘You know what? I’d rather self-medicate and be in my own world.’”
Nicki Minaj previously discussed rumors of her drug use in 2021 and denied ever using cocaine.
“I have never, ever in my life, with my hand to Jesus Christ…Never in my life, ever, not even once, sniffed coke — ever! That’s just never been my drug of choice,” she said on Instagram Live.
She added: “You would know, if you’re a fan of mine, that all you gotta do if you wanna know my drug of choice or my drugs of choice, just listen to my music, chile, ’cause it’s all right there.”
Elsewhere in her Vogue interview, the “Anaconda” rapper addressed her family’s history of substance abuse, with her father suffering from crack cocaine addiction while she was a child.
“I think about watching my father go back and forth, and I just wish that at the time I understood that he wasn’t doing it because he wanted to,” she said. “I thought that he was making a conscious effort to be addicted to a drug that would have him steal his children’s video games and sell them for money.
“Think about that — who would make a conscious effort to do that? Now I realize, those people weren’t making those choices because they wanted to hurt their family. Addiction took over their bodies and their lives. They were victims too.”