Nicki Minaj's ex-manager Debra Antney says she didn't know rapper was dating Safaree: 'I thought he was gay'
The latest episode of 'Drink Champs' has revealed some surprising details about some hip-hop stars. The popular weekly podcast, hosted by N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, regularly taps into prominent figures as special guests for candid conversations, teasers and more. On the February 27 episode, the show sat down with cast members of 'Hip Hop Uncovered'. The new 'Drink Champs' featured Christian "Trick Trick" Mathis, "Bimmy" James Antney, Debra Antney and Jacques "Haitian Jack" Agnant, who recalled some of the most controversial moments of rap and the backstories behind them.
'Hip Hop Uncovered' is a new FX docu-series that evolves around the hip-hop culture and how it became such an integral part of the industry. The show also seeks to bring an understanding of how American street culture helped in shaping the hip-hop culture and turned it into one of music’s most dominant genres.
Antney, who rose to fame for helping mould the careers of several high-profile artists such as Gucci Mane, French Montana and Nicki Minaj, spoke of her early days managing these three artists. During the 168-minute 'Drink Champs' episode, Antney shared some surprising details about Nicki's love life at the time. She said that she thought Safaree (Minaj's boyfriend at the time) was gay and that the two weren't dating.
"I never knew her and Safaree was going together,” she says. “I thought Safaree was a gay guy that she hung out with and he was her helper, she never showed (affection)," Debra said. "When I was booking her out, she was like, ‘Deb, I need two rooms,’ but the two rooms wasn’t for him because she would get dressed in the other room, but I didn’t know that they went together. I never knew until he took my car from her and she called me to lock him up. And then he called me and that’s when he broke down everything."
Nicki Minaj and Safaree's dating history
Those who have followed the dating history of Nicki and Safaree will know that they had a rocky relationship, at least during the tail end of their 14-year romance, according to reports. The pair were private about their relationship but as things began to draw to a close, they got a little more public. The pair were even rumored to have been engaged.
Nicki and Safaree's long-term relationship began in 2000 and the couple called it quits in 2014, when things turned sour. They both accused each other of cheating, lying and stealing in a public spat on Twitter. Safaree also accused Nicki of using him for her career and ditching him later. In an interview after the breakup in 2015, Safaree told The Breakfast Club hosts that he walked away when he "started feeling disrespected".