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Nicki Minaj Tells Her Gay Fans: 'Suicide Is...

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Outspoken MC Nicki Minaj has said that she wants to help eradicate homophobia in hip-hop. With the recent rash of suicides by gay youths who have been bullied because of their sexuality, Minaj is now reaching out to tell her fans, point blank, that "suicide is never the answer."

"I would encourage my gay fans to be fighters and to be brave," she told MTV News. "People face difficulties, no matter who you are. I faced difficulties with a lot of things. I face opposition every day, but I didn't kill myself and now, thank God, I'm here. So I want my life to be a testimony to my fans and my gay fans.

"I mean I could never imagine what they're going through," she continued. "But I know that suicide is never the answer and I know that things always get better. So I'm supporting you guys. I love you very, very much and for the people who don't love you, they need help."

Minaj added that she thinks knowing the motivations of bullies could help those being taunted feel stronger. "I don't agree that everyone should agree with everyone's lifestyle. I think that some people aren't going to agree, but I think that when you're mean and when you ridicule people it's a sign of your own insecurities," she explained. "So shout out to all my Ken and Barbies out there and my girls too; just believe that things will get better and they will they always do.

"It just takes a little willpower. There's an answer. There's always a different way that you can fight people back," she continued. "And definitely [with] suicide you're giving up and I don't promote giving up. I promote fighting and winning."

Minaj joins gossip blogger Perez Hilton, columnist Dan Savage and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in speaking out against bullying and in support of gay rights.

MTV's ongoing "A Thin Line" project provides stories and resources for anyone who believes they are being cyberbullied or who is looking for ways to stop harassment by digital means.

For more visit MTV.com

  1. TeamMinajHaley avatar

    On Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 8:48 AM, TeamMinajHaley said:

    She's so amazing!

  2. JayeWaye_19 avatar

    On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:04 PM, JayeWaye_19 said:

    THAT'S RiiGHT DON'T GIVE UP

  3. NIQUEEN_MINAJ avatar

    On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 2:56 PM, NIQUEEN_MINAJ said:

    I Love, Love You So very Much Nicki ... Words Couldn't dare be Enough to explain .... Happy Early Bday Mama Enjoy Ur Special Day

  4. NIQUEEN_MINAJ avatar

    On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 2:56 PM, NIQUEEN_MINAJ said:

    I Love, Love You So very Much Nicki ... Words Couldn't dare be Enough to explain .... Happy Early Bday Mama Enjoy Ur Special Day

  5. NIQUEEN_MINAJ avatar

    On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 2:56 PM, NIQUEEN_MINAJ said:

    I Love, Love You So very Much Nicki ... Words Couldn't dare be Enough to explain .... Happy Early Bday Mama Enjoy Ur Special Day

  6. GLO The Ghost avatar

    On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 5:13 PM, GLO The Ghost said:

    very inspirational

  7. LesiBarbie avatar

    On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 3:40 PM, LesiBarbie said:

    Onika for PRESIDENT!! So serious!!

  8. MyHeart avatar

    On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 12:48 PM, MyHeart said:

    Dats rite Nicki i love myself an life dosen't matter wat people say cause its my life yes im a lesbain im a live love an pray.hate no one love everybody

  9. mikabarbz avatar

    On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 10:29 AM, mikabarbz said:

    I think that when you're mean and when you ridicule people it's a sign of your own insecurities ..
    couldn't have said it better myself :)

  10. GLO The Ghost avatar

    On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 8:54 PM, GLO The Ghost said:

    Great message :)

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