Kelis Accuses Nas Of Mental & Physical Abuse During "Dark" 4-Year Marriage

Kelis Describes Years Of Violent Abuse At The Hands Of Her Ex-Husband, Nas

On Thursday (April 26), the "Milkshake" singer recorded an intimate interview with Hollywood Unlocked at her home, in which she chronicles the "tumultuous and toxic" relationship she experienced with the NY rapper, whom she claimed had turned mentally and physically violent towards her at times throughout their five-year marriage.

Watch her describe the relationship in full below. She accuses the Queensbridge rapper of beating her down on the regular. Then it was really toxic and I was pregnant, so at seven months pregnant I was terrified.

In an exclusive interview with Hollywood Unlocked CEO Jason Lee, the "Milkshake" singer got candid about what led to her divorcing the "Illmatic" rapper while she was pregnant with their son Knight. At the time, Rihanna was part of a musical trio, but Rogers was only interested in her talents as a solo artist.

Kelis also explains why she chose to speak out now about her past relationship as opposed to when the former hip-hop couple got divorced in 2009.

There were a lot of rumors that Kelis filed for divorce because Nas was cheating on her, but she said that was not the primary reason for her decision although that ultimately tipped the scale. "I'm living my life". I was like, do I jump in, do I say it?

"His memory is definitely faulty", she said. "He'd been cheating for 2 years and I knew that", she added. I've never painted myself as a saint. "The amount of airing out that I could do and don't do is what our kids will find out". But this will no doubt impact the child custody case both are embroiled in. "I probably would have stayed longer had I not been pregnant [with their son Knight] because I really did love him and because we were married". Her albums - including 2005's Music of the Sun and 2006's A Girl Like Me - topped the charts, but 2007's Good Girl Gone Bad rocketed her to fame with hits such as "Umbrella" and "Don't Stop the Music".

In a world where the glorification of celebrity relationships (past and present) is rampant, there always comes a moment when we get a sobering welcome back to reality.

"It was really dark", she stated.

Her revelations come amid the backdrop of #MeToo, a movement whose greater reckoning around sexual assault, harassment and violence against women has yet to make a dent in hip-hop, despite its tangled, misogynist history.

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