Nicki Minaj: Treat men like pets

Nicki Minaj says men want to be "pet like a dog".

The 30-year-old singer is the cover star of the latest US edition of Marie Claire magazine.

In her interview Nicki speaks candidly about relationships and gives her tips for seducing a lover.

"Don't chase any man. Put your school first. Men love independent women," Nicki advised. "You don't have to be a b***h, but there's nothing wrong with it at times. And: Men are kids at heart. They want to be nourished and pet like a dog."

Nicki announced she was leaving the American Idol judging panel in May this year. Despite only appearing on the show for one season, the hip-hop star was one of the most memorable judges to date.

"The perception that people had of me completely changed because there are no cue cards, there's no script, it wasn't me performing a song. It was, 'Let's see your real personality,'" she explained. "My core is a genuine human being who roots for other people. I didn't want to blow smoke up their ass. I wanted every contestant to leave with something that they could remember."

Nicki is eager to devote more time to acting. However, the ambitious star wants to release three more music albums first.

"If I can do that, I'll feel complete," she continued. "One day, when I start getting a couple gray hairs, maybe it will all be only acting. I just never know... I've kind of become the poster child for doing the things that no one expects."

Nicki has a plan for her personal, as well as professional, fulfilment. She had a "weird epiphany" while on tour last year that motherhood is her calling in life.

"For the first time, I allowed myself to feel proud of where music had gotten me, and I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude. You feel the need to pay it forward, which starts with analysing yourself with a true desire to grow. I was praying every day, 'You know what, Lord? I want to be a mom one day, and I want to start becoming the woman who I want to parent my child.' I wanted all of the feelings of entitlement to leave me, because some people have this life for a year or five or ten and a lot of them lose it," Nicki finished."I didn't want to become a person who wasn't enjoying the moment."

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