Nas has used Instagram to speak out about a custody battle and accusations of abuse from his ex-wife Kelis. The legendary rapper and R&B singer were married for nine years. In April of this year, Kelis claimed Nas physically abused her during their marriage.
In an interview with Hollywood Unlocked‘s Jason Lee in April of 2018, Kelis said, “We had really intense highs and really intense lows. It was dark, it was really dark. There was a lot of drinking, a lot of just mental and physical abuse.”
Nas didn’t respond to those accusations until recently and he did so through his Instagram page. In a seven-part post, Nas addresses the claims of abuse, his infidelity and the custody of his son, Knight.
It seems as though his post was sparked by a call from Essence magazine about yet another interview Kelis was doing in the wake of their custody battle.
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PART 1. The Price i Pay To See My Son. And apologies in advance for the typos as I am speaking from the heart as a man who has had enough. Today i got a call from essence about my ex wife doing another sad fictitious story. Nothing surprises me anymore, including this. This is what your life has come to sis? Exploiting some people’s Real struggle and pain…just to get at me….to get attention ? Fame? Another fight against men? We are a human family and we should be better examples for our son. Why is there even a issue for me to have time with my son. A son needs his father. So many absentee fathers out here and here i am being attacked by your accusations simply because i got us in court to help fix this the custody matter? Why did i have to take you to court to see our son? Why when i win the joint custody ( which is a win for both of us and our son, it helps us with both our schedules) why do you feel thats an attack on you? Is it control ? Why do you need to have control over my life? because we’re not together? Then why? Is this being rewarded and praised by people who are being taken advantage of by you and your lies? To all separated couples out there who are cordial and co parent nicely GOOD FOR YOU. I wish that was me. I’m the most chill cool parent there is. Who has time to argue ? About what? It’s about our little guy. You haven’t had to deal with what I’ve been dealing with. Trust me. I’m a mild mannered god fearing very fair human being who tries his hardest to please everyone. It’s my nature. I’ve seen this too many times before And there was times i thought Kelis my ex wife was not this type. This is the type of antics that deceive people and people mistakenly call it strong. Seems I always had more belief in you than you do for yourself. I instilled strength in my daughter who you were already so jealous of and treated poorly. Being jealous & verbally abusive to a Little girl.
“Today I got a call from Essence about my ex-wife doing another sad, fictitious story. Nothing surprises me anymore, including this,” Nas wrote in his Instagram post.
In the highly emotional post, he addresses his infidelity: “I have to say I wasn’t the most faithful husband. I was immature. I’m sorry about that. But you bumped your own head sis.”
Nas’s post on Instagram reads like a man who is fed up and he took his opportunity to speak in order to paint his picture and speak his truth. As the post goes on he mentions losing professional and personal relationships because of his marriage to Kelis. He also supplies advice to men who may find themselves in a similar situation.
“In hindsight now my advice to any young men out there in a situation like that is to RUN at the very first sign of verbal abuse or physical,” he wrote.
It is unfortunate to see this played out in the public eye and only the two of them really know what happened during their marriage and to be honest it’s not the public business. However; if you want to read the entire post, check out the screenshots.