Kelis opens up about the “emotional and physical” abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-husband Nas


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

R & B singer Kelis opened up to Hollywood Unlocked in a new interview to share about the abuse she endured while married to rap legend Nas. Kelis stated that she has waited over 9 years to share her story about her marriage. I was always curious as to why they broke up because they both seemed like they were well grounded individuals. Well as the saying goes everything that glitter is not gold.

Kelis filed for divorce while she was pregnant with their only child together Knight.

In a wide-ranging interview with Hollywood Unlocked released Thursday, Kelis claimed that their five-year marriage was riddled with “mental and physical abuse,” alleging that Nas would frequently black out from drinking and then get violent.

“Did he hit me? Mhmm. Did I hit him back? Mhmm,” Kelis said.

“But was it mutual combat, or was it you hitting him back because he hit you?” interviewer Jason Lee asked.

“It was because he would black out. He would drink too much,” Kelis said, adding later that she never started the fights. “So a lot of the stuff, he may not remember. There have been times when literally we would have the worst night ever… And we would wake up the next day and it’s like it never happened.”

“I probably would have stayed longer had I not been pregnant [with Knight] because I really did love him and because we were married. We weren’t dating, we were married. Like, this was my person.”

She recalled the day when the pictures of Rihanna’s bruised face went viral— “And the only way I can describe it was like Double Dutch, like, ‘Do I jump in? Do I say it?’ Cause I had bruises all over my body at that time.”

“Seeing her, the way she looked and then looking at myself, I was embarrassed. I was appalled. I don’t know that situation, but for me it was kind of like, you’re going to just let this go? You’re not going to say anything?” she continued. “He knew it, I knew it. He looked at me like, ‘Are you going to do it?’” She claimed that she chose not to speak up for multiple reasons, including a desire to maintain privacy and the fact that she didn’t want her career to be defined by the abuse.

“So much of me was out of character in that marriage, like taking that is not my character,” she concluded. “I didn’t say anything because I wanted things to work, and because I was delusional.”

The My Life on a Plate cookbook author said she believed “at the time” that Nas, 44, was her soulmate. But after nearly a decade of staying silent, she decided to come forward.

Asked to clarify on the recent child support and custody battles, Kelis didn’t hold back, calling Nas’s claims crazy and ridiculous. For context, she described returning to L.A. from New York with her three-month-old baby to find that their house was in foreclosure, because “I would always put the money down and then [Nas] would pay the mortgage.”

“It didn’t even occur to me that he would stop or had stopped paying the mortgage,” she continued. When she called Nas to ask him about the foreclosure notice, he allegedly told her to “go fuck yourself.” From then on, Kelis saw herself as a single mom. “You have a child, and I do everything, everything,” she addressed her ex. “You found out where he went to school two months ago. Not because it was a secret, because you didn’t ask. And because you don’t take him to school, and you do not pick him up, and you don’t go to dentist’s appointments, or doctors…”

Kelis claimed that Nas only consistently started financially supporting Knight “about two years ago.” She said that up until 2012, she didn’t get “a single cent.” She continued, “He doesn’t participate. He shows up when it’s fun, he shows up when there’s a good photo-op, he shows up when he feels like he needs a snuggle…I don’t think it should be 50/50 just because you had sperm involved. If you want to be involved, prove it.”

Check out the rest of the interview:

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