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More than four months after singer and chef Kelis said that rapper Nas, her ex-husband, abused her physically and mentally during their marriage, Nas has finally responded to her accounts.
In a series of Instagram posts shared on Thursday, Nas denied ever having “beat up” his ex-wife, and alleged that she was the abusive partner, only coming forward with their story as a result of him being granted joint custody of their 9-year-old son, Knight.
“I do not beat women. I did not beat up my ex wife. Stop,” Nas wrote on the social media account.
In April, Kelis told Hollywood Unlocked that her five-year marriage with Nas was “tumultuous and toxic,” stating that they would fight frequently and that she suffered physical and emotional abuse. She said that Nas would become nearly black-out drunk then become violent, and not remember the fight the next morning. She also said that, by the time she filed for divorce in 2009, her ex-husband had been cheating for two years.
At the time, Kelis said she considered coming forward after Chris Brown’s abuse of Rihanna became public.
“I remember so clearly when the pictures came out with that whole thing that happened with her and Chris Brown. And the only way I can describe it was like double-dutch. I felt like, ‘Do I jump in? Do I say it?’ Cause I had bruises all over my body at that time,” she told the outlet. “That day, I remember being in Atlanta sitting in the kitchen and I wasn’t ready to walk.”
Across seven Instagram posts, Nas denied the accusations, stating that Kelis had described the behaviors of “normal couples,” and accused Kelis of “taking advantage” of the Me Too movement. He admitted he wasn’t a faithful husband, but said Kelis was a harmful partner in the relationship, calling her “verbally abusive and evil,” and described her as controlling of Nas and his career.
“The altercations you speak of are no more different from what most normal couples go thru, but your exaggerated version is UNJUST,” Nas wrote on captions of all-black images. “Whenever one is constantly attacked the instinct is to restrain that person or defend yourself to prevent escalation. In hindsight now my advice to young men out there in a situation like that is to RUN at the very first sign of verbal abuse or physical.”
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PART 1. The Price i Pay To See My Son. And apologies in advance for the typos as I am speaking from the heart as a man who has had enough. Today i got a call from essence about my ex wife doing another sad fictitious story. Nothing surprises me anymore, including this. This is what your life has come to sis? Exploiting some people’s Real struggle and pain...just to get at me....to get attention ? Fame? Another fight against men? We are a human family and we should be better examples for our son. Why is there even a issue for me to have time with my son. A son needs his father. So many absentee fathers out here and here i am being attacked by your accusations simply because i got us in court to help fix this the custody matter? Why did i have to take you to court to see our son? Why when i win the joint custody ( which is a win for both of us and our son, it helps us with both our schedules) why do you feel thats an attack on you? Is it control ? Why do you need to have control over my life? because we’re not together? Then why? Is this being rewarded and praised by people who are being taken advantage of by you and your lies? To all separated couples out there who are cordial and co parent nicely GOOD FOR YOU. I wish that was me. I’m the most chill cool parent there is. Who has time to argue ? About what? It’s about our little guy. You haven’t had to deal with what I’ve been dealing with. Trust me. I’m a mild mannered god fearing very fair human being who tries his hardest to please everyone. It’s my nature. I’ve seen this too many times before And there was times i thought Kelis my ex wife was not this type. This is the type of antics that deceive people and people mistakenly call it strong. Seems I always had more belief in you than you do for yourself. I instilled strength in my daughter who you were already so jealous of and treated poorly. Being jealous & verbally abusive to a Little girl.
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He called the timing of her two-hour-long interview with Hollywood Unlocked “interesting,” and alleged that Kelis told him she would “get [him] back” following their custody agreement.
“I finally got our custody together to work with both our schedule thru court, while leaving court you tell me your gonna get me back for fighting to see my son and three weeks later you’re on camera doing an interview about ‘your truth.’ Interesting timing,” he wrote.
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He said that he waited so long to address Kelis’ interview because of the situation’s “petty” nature.
“And to all the fans that knew my silence was due to the fact that I don’t openly do this kind of petty shit… I appreciate you riding. And to those that were lead down a wrong path… I get it… very sensitive times and all things must be taken seriously,” he concluded.
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PART 6. Everything with her is a plot and a scheme. Has no merit. No foundation I didn’t Wana speak up because i have real respect for our women. And definitely my son. I do not beat women. I did not beat up my ex wife. Stop. You got beat up in court. How much money do you want? Do you want me to relinquish my rights to see my son is that what you want? Just tell me. After all the tweets and posts you made thru the years disrespecting me and my family I still have love for you as the mother of my child BUT I am done with this. This game ends now and GOD will be the judger of all this. And although you tell everyone GOD hates me (some Christian you are) I will survive and thrive from this moment because I know who I am & you have not a clue who you are.
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Kelis has yet to respond to Nas.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.