Nicki Minaj did not attend this year’s Met Gala and the reason may disappoint you: she did not want to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which was mandatory for entry, according to The Cut.
The 38-year-old rapper responded to a tweet lamenting her lack of public appearances over the past year.
She wrote, “I have an infant with no nannies during COVID. Not risking his health to be seen.” She then said she got COVID while prepping for the VMAs.
On Monday, Minaj tweeted, “They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. If I get vaccinated it won’t [be] for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now.”
“In the meantime my loves, be safe,” she added. “Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one.”
Minaj went on to say that rapper Drake told he contracted COVID even after getting vaccinated.
Like other vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine is not 100% effective at preventing the infection, but the chances of contracting the virus after vaccination drop significantly.
One person responded to Minaj’s tweets and said the vaccine helps prevent more serious symptoms. The rapper responded, “Babe. That’s not true. I had the exact same symptoms as ppl with the damn vaccine.”
The CDC says that unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die of COVID than those who are vaccinated.
Minaj has even revealed that a friend of a relative became impotent after receiving the COVID vaccine. She tweeted, “My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding.”
However, there is no evidence to support any association between the COVID-19 vaccine and infertility. Instead, studies have suggested that contracting COVID could lead to impotence or erectile dysfunction.
Minaj, however, later walked back a bit on her stance on the vaccine, stating that she would likely get vaccinated when she goes on tour. The article originally appeared on The Cut.