The 26-year-old rap star and Nicki, 35, have become involved in a very public feud over recent months, but Cardi still believes that Nicki’s fans (who are collectively known as Barbz) “love” her and are fans of her music, too.
Speaking on Instagram Live after her new song “Money” leaked online, Cardi explained: “We tried to retract it, but you know the Barbz. They always posting me, they always post everything I do.
“They claim they hate me, but they really love me, because they are on my page before my fans.
“Everything that I do, they be on it before my fans.
“So clearly, that seems like love to me, seems like you love me, so it’s like, ‘F–k it.’ I can’t retract it, I might as well put it out.”
Cardi, who has a three-month-old daughter called Kulture with her husband Offset, and Nicki were recently involved in an altercation during New York Fashion Week.
And Cardi subsequently blamed Nicki for sparking their feud.
She said: “For a while now she’s been taking a lot of shots at me. I spoke to her twice before, and we came to an understanding. But she kept it going.”
Cardi also accused her rap rival of liking a tweet that questioned her parenting skills.
She explained: “I was going to make millions off my Bruno Mars tour, and I sacrificed that to stay with my daughter.
“I love my daughter. I’m a good-a– f–king mom. So for somebody that doesn’t have a child to like that comment? So many people want to say that the party wasn’t the time or the place, but I’m not going to catch another artist in the grocery store or down the block.”