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News: Nicki Minaj Covers Billboard Mag and Gets a Ring From Meek Mill

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Nicki Minaj is flying high this week as she is on the cover of the latest December issue of Billboard Magazine. She also posted a ring on her Instagram account which appears to be an engagement ring. In the interview, she talks about her new sitcom coming to ABC, her acting career, and moving to Los Angeles, CA. She also says her and Meek are not engaged in this interview, but we can tell you this sit-down happened before her post on IG today. So we’re thinking, the two ARE indeed engaged.

Take a look at some of what Nicki had to say in the interview and be sure to check out the full story over at Billboard.

Billboard: What validation means the most to you? No. 1 records? The respect of fellow artists?
Nicki: The people’s reaction — when I’m on tour, how they scream when a song comes on. Obviously, I always want an album to debut at No. 1. But in terms of songs — for instance, “Super Bass” was so culturally effective. It never went No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but that song still makes people happy. Six years old to 80 years old, when people hear it, they know it and they love it. And, in terms of rap, stuff like “Did It on ’Em.” Whether or not that song goes to No. 1, I’d still be proud of it. Because when it comes on, I could be in the middle of West Bubba and people still screw their faces up and do the head nod.

Billboard: You’ve been working on a sitcom for ABC about your childhood. How’s that going?
Nicki: I am maybe too involved. Two days ago I was in casting. I’m going back tomorrow. I found one girl who I’m obsessed with who might play me, and someone who could rival her. So I’ve been coaching them both. I do a beat, let them rap. I do little dances with them. It has been magical. I didn’t even know I had it in me, but I love children so much.

Billboard: Are there models for the show? Have you seen any of the new ones that depict people of color, like Fresh Off the Boat or Master of None?
Nicki: Well, I narrate this show, like Chris Rock narrates Everybody Hates Chris. It was little differences that made that show stand out. I want to have those nuances. My first day, I said to the casting director: “This will not be a clichéd black show.”

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Billboard: You began your career as an actress. You’re in the upcoming Barbershop sequel. Is acting something you want to do more of in coming years?
Nicki: Absolutely. I want to do something very serious. Meryl Streep is one of my favorite artists of all time. She blows me away in just about everything she does. I love how she can go from The Devil Wears Prada to The Iron Lady — she’s so incredible in that. My dream would be to have that type of acting career, where I can do both things believably.

Billboard: You’re wearing a diamond on your ring finger.
Nicki: Yeah. Meek gave me that.

Billboard: Is it an engagement ring?
Nicki: He and I are not engaged. But he said he would like to give me three rings before we get married. My birthday’s coming up, and he better get the new one, because he got [the first one] for my last birthday. So let’s see what happens.

Billboard: You’re in a high-profile relationship. That presents some unique challenges. Is this something you and Meek discuss?
Nicki: Yeah, we speak about it. We actually spoke with Jay Z and Beyoncé about it, too. After our show at [Brooklyn’s] Barclays Center [in October], we had dinner together. They were so giving with advice. I love them so much. It was just a beautiful conversation to have with people we love and we look up to as a couple. They’re so strong.

Billboard: Is there anything you would care to share from that conversation?
Nicki: I’d rather keep it private. I know Meek — he understood a couple things that I was explaining to him more when we spoke about it in front of them. We were all laughing so much. It was very late — you know when you get so tired, and it’s just like the giggles portion of the evening?

I don’t know what’s going to happen with he and I. I just know right now we are really, really enjoying each other’s company. So, shout out to everybody in the world that’s just trying to find love or be happy. Everybody should have someone to hold at night. It really, really changes your energy. I find that my energy is very different afterward — if I’m in the bed with him, just hugging him all day. It’s just, like, something about love. You transfer it. It’s infectious.

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