Cardi B’s arguably had the most impressive glow-up of any artist in the past five years. With fame and enormous success also comes criticism over her personal life, which the artist is known to share candidly. As one of Vogue’s January 2020 cover stars, the 27-year-old recently opened up about juggling a blazing hot career with being a wife and mother.
In the interview, Cardi says she’s no stranger to being judged for her choices – past and present. She describes what it was like being criticized for forgiving her husband, Migos rapper Offset, for his past infidelities (the pair briefly split in December 2018, but later reunited.) “A lot of people were so mad at me; a lot of women felt disappointed in me,” Cardi told the magazine. “But it’s real-life shit.”
She continues: “If you love somebody and you stop being with them, and you’re depressed and social media is telling you not to talk to that person because he cheated, you’re not really happy on the inside until you have the conversation. Then, if you get back with them, it’s like, ‘how could you? You let all of us down.’ People that be in marriages for years, when they say till death do us part, they not talking about little arguments like if you leave the fridge open. That’s including everything.”
Cardi goes on to say that forgiving Offset took work and some spiritual guidance. “I believe in forgiveness,” she says. “Me and my husband, we prayed on it. We had priests come to us. And we just came to an understanding like, bro, it’s really us against the world.”
Currently, Cardi and Offset are living happily, though their busy schedules keep them in different cities for the majority of the week. Cardi’s traveling commitment also takes a toll on her as a mother, according to the article. What keeps her going is remembering how her sacrifices are one day going to benefit her one-year-old daughter, Kulture.
“I give my daughter so much love, and I’m setting her up for a future,” Cardi says. “I want to tell her that a lot of the shit that I have done in life—no matter what I did, knowing that I wanted to have kids made me go harder to secure a good future for my kids.”
Read Cardi’s full Vogue interview here.