Kelis Says Nas Physically Abused Her During Their Marriage

Joann Johnston
April 27, 2018

In 2009, Kelis says she thought about leaving Nas after details of Rihanna's abuse from Chris Brown came to light.

Kelis went on, "The only way I can describe it is it was like double dutch: do I jump in, do I say it?"

In the hour-long video interview, Kelis also said that their marriage was "really dark", including "a lot of drinking" and "getting high a lot", and that her pregnancy was what inspired her to file for divorce, because she didn't want "to bring a child into this". "I'm living my life".

Kelis says the reason she's never mentioned these allegations before because she's "really private".

In a new interview, Kelis claimed Nas' actions toward her ultimately forced their 2009 divorce. "He had been cheating for two years and I knew that". "We would fight. I never just sat there, but we would definitely fight". "The amount of airing out that I could do and don't do is what our kids will find out".

"I was really naive, I was madly in love and so I took a lot that I shouldn't have taken, and generally just it's not in my character at all, so it was just all awkward", she began to share. "I remember so clearly when the [Rihanna] pictures came out when that whole thing happened with her and Chris Brown", she added. "There was a lot of drinking, a lot of just mental and physical abuse". I felt like, 'This is my partner.

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Looking to further her career, the singer flew to CT to live with Rogers and record her demo, which was quickly picked up by her future label, Def Jam.

'But I was 22 when I met him. I felt embarrassed, ' said Kelis.

When it comes to their custody battle, the singer/songwriter said Nas only shows up when there is a photo opportunity, and allegedly isn't always present for their 8-year-old son. She touched on Nas' co-parenting skills and how he "shows up when there's a photo opp".

She asserted: 'A parent isn't about showing up when you feel like it.

Lee then asks her to say whether Nas hit her. The singer says a light bulb when off in her head, and that she connected Rihanna's situation to her own.

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