Surprisingly, after the make-out sessions, shots on the ‘Gram, world tours and this?
This actually marks the very first interview and photoshoot of Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj as a couple. Titled “Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill on How to Deal with Haters,” the shoot itself coincidentally took place when Drake dropped the first (of many) salvos aimed at Meek, “Charged Up,” while in the article the two open up on their relationship, how it works, and the exact moment when Nicki began looking at Meek outside of the dreaded Friend Zone (spoiler alert: thank Kendrick’s “Control” verse for that one):
GQ: Nicki, when did you know you liked him more than just physical attraction?
NM: Um, oh, I remember. When he came to LA we had only been speaking about rap shit, talking about the Kendrick verse and stuff at that time. And I was just like, ‘yeahhh you need to do this, you need to that…’
MM: She was telling me to bomb everybody.
NM: Shut up. I was just telling him to be confident as an artist because I liked his music, etc. And then he came down to LA and we went to the studio and after that I didn’t see him for a very long time. We shot a video and I think probably around that time I was like, ‘oh, he’s cool.’ In terms of taking him seriously and going to another level with him: when he went to jail I was left in a house by myself and it was just a tough time for me and it happened to be a tough time for him as well.
Another choice quote:
GQ: What’s the most common misconception about Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj?
NM: Together, I think one of the biggest misconceptions at the beginning was that people thought that me and him just popped up out of the blue and were just in a relationship. We were friends for a very long time and he was someone that I was able to really confide in. Nothing that we do is for TV. My decision to be public about my relationship came before I even met Meek. I was in another relationship and I said after I drop my third album that I don’t care anymore what people think. I’m going to be vocal about who I’m with. It just so happens that I’m with a new guy. When I came in the business, you couldn’t tell people you were in a relationship, because record company and management said that doesn’t make you appealing to men. So don’t tell people you’re in a relationship. So after you do that for ten years it becomes something you feel like you have to do. It’s difficult to break out of that box. So I just vowed to myself, ‘look, I’m about to put out a new album, I don’t care anymore.’ It just so happens I’m in a new relationship but I was planning on doing that before I was with Meek, because now it’s to the point where it’s different. The music industry is so different. People don’t care if you’re in a relationship, but in the beginning it wasn’t like that. Take Janet Jackson. People didn’t know she was married for nine years or something like that. It was a taboo thing in the beginning. I didn’t want to hide that side of my life anymore.
Here are more shots from their shoot.
I guess this is where we’re all supposed to say “Hashtag Relationship Goals,” or something. Read the entire article at GQ.