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Cardi B has responded to criticism of a recent video in which the singer claimed she had 'robbed and drugged' men at an earlier stage in her life.
Taking to Instagram, the rapper posted a picture with a statement defending her actions, with the caption: "All I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future."
The statement says: "So I'm seeing on social media that a live I did three years ago has popped back up. A live where I talked about things I had to do in the past right or wrong that I felt I needed to do to make a living.
"I never claim to be perfect or come from a perfect world wit [sic] a perfect past, I speak my truth, I always speak my own shit. Im a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about about where you come from, talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are."
It continues: "I never glorified the things I brought up in that live. I never even put those things in my music because I'm not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it."
She goes on to claim they were acts of desperation, saying: "I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options. I was blessed to have been able to rise from that, but so many women have not. Whether or not they were poor choice at the time, I did what I had to do to survive."
This comes after the 26-year-old songwriter received a backlash from fans online for a video she posted on Instagram, in which she made some outlandish admissions of guilt from her past life, such as drugging men.
In the original video she said: "N****s must've forgot, my n****, the shit that I did to muthafuckin' survive. I had to go strip. I had to go, 'Oh yeah, you wanna fuck me? Yeah yeah yeah, let's go back to this hotel'. And I drugged n****s up and I robbed them.
"That's what I used to do. Nothing was muthafuckin' handed to me, my n****. Nothing!"
People then took to social media to voice their outrage at her claims, with the #SurvivingCardiB hashtag now doing the rounds on Twitter, playing off the controversy surrounding the recent Surviving R. Kelly documentary.
After watching the video, one person wrote: "Cardi B used to drug and rob men, after meeting them under the guise of sexual intercourse taking place. HOLD THIS BITCH ACCOUNTABLE."
Another hit out at the rapper: "Cardi B admitted to using sex to drug & rob men on IG live. Y'all gonna let her get away with that tho."
While another then added: "Do Cardi B fans really think Cardi can just get away with admitting to using sex to drug and steal from men like just imagine if a male rapper would have admitted to that y'all be going crazy cancelling him and wanting to throw him in jail...."
As a result of the backlash, Cardi B announced on her Twitter page that she was taking a break from the channel.
She wrote: "Okay I'm off Twitter for a few days. Have fun."
But just yesterday she came back, saying: "I'M THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE, I'M THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE and I love it."
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