Cardi B turned down offer to perform with Maroon 5 at Super Bowl halftime in support of Colin Kaepernick
26-year-old rapper Cardi B had received an offer to perform with Maroon 5 at the Super Bowl LIII but turned down the offer in support of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick
Cardi B is not the person to shy away from taking difficult but necessary decisions. The rapper recently revealed that she has "mixed feelings" about refusing to perform at Super Bowl 53 in support of ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick. However, that is not really stopping Bardi from making appearances everywhere else this weekend.
It was confirmed earlier that the 26-year-old rapper had received an offer to perform with Maroon 5 at the Super Bowl LIII. She said she initially struggled a lot to turn down the extremely lucrative offer. "I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform but there's a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him," she said in support for Kaepernick.
She further revealed that, even though Offset loves to watch football, she felt obligated to stand behind the ex-NFL player because he stood for the minorities. "My husband, he loves football. His kids play football. It's really hard for him... He really wants to go to the Super Bowl, but he can't go to the Super Bowl, because he's got to stand for something," said Cardi B, who is nominated for five Grammys.
However, Cardi B has booked herself insane for the same weekend, playing at numerous places including clubs and even a hospital in Atlanta. The mother of one is so busy, in fact, that she said she does not even plan on watching the game. "I think I got so many events, I'm not gonna have time," she said.
Friday night saw Cardi at Travis Scott's pre-game concert for Pepsi along with Jamie Foxx, Lil Jon and Young Thug. She also did a club appearance at Atlanta's Oak, and Saturday afternoon had the 'Money' rapper perform at Michael Rubin's exclusive Fanatics party with Meek Mill. Patriots owner Robert Kraft jumped on stage and danced with Cardi as she rapped, with other guests like Kevin Hart, Jon Bon Jovi, and Aaron Judge in attendance.
After her set ended, she said, "I've been having a lot of fun, but I gotta go. I gotta see some kids at the hospital. Beautiful kids."
In reference to her decision to refuse to join Maroon 5 for a performance of their hit song 'Girls Like You', Cardi said: "It wouldn't be the perfect time," referencing Kaepernick. "I can't push my limits. My soul wouldn't feel right. But I know me and Maroon 5 have a lot of performances coming up. That song just means so much to me."
"I hear people saying like, 'Oh, Y'all are saying all this stuff about the Super Bowl, but you're doing all these parties,'" she said in an interview about playing at the many parties surrounding the Super Bowl. "And, it's like, well, if the NFL could benefit off from us, then I'm going to benefit off y'all."
"Y'all make the most money off our people. Why am I not going to take advantage of y'all and take money from y'all too? Because of y'all, we are getting these parties. OK, thank you," she ranted. "I stand on what I stand, you know what I'm saying? I stand on what I stand. I am doing other things, because, you know, they like to make money out of us. Why not make a little money out of them," she said.