Kelis Breaks Her Silence on Alleged Abusive Marriage With Nas

Angelo Anderson
April 26, 2018

Kelis and Nas celebrate her birthday at Buddakan in New York City in 2006.

"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.

"We had really intense highs and really intense lows", Kelis says. It was never normal", she explains "An intense high would be when money was rolling in.

Hollywood Unlocked posted their full interview with the artist-turned-chef today (April 26), where she details the highs of her marriage to Nas, as well as the intense lows, which includes her claims of abuse.

Describing their relationship as "toxic", Kelis claimed Nas "drank too much", would get angry if she spoke to other men, and initiated violent contact against her. "So when that comes down, it was bad." said the chef and entrepreneur.


"An intense low....we had a lot".

"It was really dark". "A lot of drinking. Mmm hmmm." The singer revealed it wasn't until Rihanna and Chris Brown's domestic violence issues came to light in 2009 that she chose to walk away. "I just wasn't. So I didn't say it". "I remember being in Atlanta, sitting in the kitchen...and I was like...do I?" But I didn't say anything because I'm private. "We would fight, so I'm not-I never, like, just sat there", she said. I don't like people in my business.

She says that she wasn't ready to walk away from their marriage and didn't feel comfortable with what she saw as an impending media firestorm if she revealed the details at the time, but decided she had to leave, later, when she became pregnant, not wanting to bring a child into that level of strife and chaos. I stayed for years after that.

Kelis revealed that she is still in a long custody battle with the rapper and that he only shows up to see their son when there is a photo opportunity. At one point, Kelis says she was left with "bruises all over [her] body". "You can't not show up for months and then show up and try to make up your own [visitation] schedule", she said, before speaking directly to other women who are dealing with similar issues. A major factor in her decision to not come forward was her being afraid about her the repercussions on her professional life: "I didn't want that to be my career", she said.

Representatives for Kelis and Nas were not immediately available for comment.

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