Nicki Minaj backtracks on Republican endorsement and reveals she’s actually supporting Barack Obama

Rapper takes to Twitter to reveal that she was in character when she endorsed Mitt Romney last week

Nicki Minaj has backtracked on claims that she’ll be voting Republican in the forthcoming US election and has said that she will actually be supporting Barack Obama.

Last week, Minaj had seemed to endorse Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a new song titled ‘Mercy’, a collaboration with Lil Wayne on his ‘Dedication 4’ mixtape. In it, Minaj says: “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy bitches is fucking up the economy.”

The President himself then responded to Minaj’s outburst by telling Florida radio station Power 95.3: “Yeah, I’m not sure that’s actually what happened. I think she had a song on there, a little rap that said that. But she likes to play different characters. So I don’t know what’s going on there.”


Minaj has now confirmed via Twitter that she was in character on the track and told Obama that she was “sending her love and support”.

She wrote: “Ha! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always do… sends love & support. Now I can tell my grandchildren that the 1st black President of the United States took the time to address a Nicki Minaj question.”

Nicki Minaj returns to the UK in October for a eight-date arena tour. The run of shows begins at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena on October 21 and runs until November 7, when Minaj headlines Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. The tour also includes stops in Liverpool, Birmingham, London and Sheffield.

Nicki Minaj released her second album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ earlier this year and has just completed her debut UK tour.

Nicki Minaj will play:

Nottingham Capital FM Arena (October 21)
Manchester Arena (22, November 2)
Liverpool Echo Arena (24)
Newcastle Arena (25, 28)
Birmingham LG Arena (27)
London O2 Arena (30)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (November 3)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (7)


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