Cardi B is a “mommiana” to two kids and has been learning how to balance motherhood and a successful, demanding career. The Bronx beauty was recently featured in Vogue Singapore ahead of her highly-anticipated sophomore album. Her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, was released in 2018 and her widely successful single “Bodak Yellow” which recently went diamond, made her a bona fide star. But shortly after, she became pregnant with her first child, Kulture Kiari Cephus, after marrying Migos rapper Offset. And in 2021, they welcomed their second child, a son named Wave Set Cephus. Cardi opened up about motherhood and how when she was pregnant with Kulture, her team was afraid for her career.
“There weren’t a lot of artists out there who had babies at the beginning of their career. I didn’t have an album out when I found out I was pregnant,” she said. “Everybody was so nervous for my career and future, but I kept telling them, ‘It’s easy. Trust me, I’m going to have a nanny and she’s going to travel up and down with me. It’s not even going to be a hassle.'”
But all that changed after she gave birth. “When the baby got here, I couldn’t even think about getting a nanny because I was afraid of anybody being around her besides my family. I’ve never had a nanny for Kulture,” she revealed. Instead, she has family members that help out but she doesn’t make it a habit to always depend on them to watch her kids and she’s never too far away from them.
The Grammy award-winning artist is aware of the privilege that her children have but she still makes it her mission to show them the importance of working and reaching your goals.
“They need to know to never feel comfortable. Don’t ever feel like, ‘I’m going to get it because I’m Cardi and Offset’s kid,’" she said. “They are never going to know what struggle feels like, so they might not have that hunger I had to leave the streets. Even though my kids are well-off, I want them to know that when you work for things and achieve it, it’s more respected—especially when people see that you bust your ass for it.”
But she does admit that she goes the extra mile for her kids and wants them to have the best of the best. She shared how she has enrolled her 4-year-old daughter in swimming, dance, and private tutoring and jokes that she may be doing “too much.” However, she just wants Kulture to learn as much as she can.
“I can’t swim, so I want my daughter to be able to swim. I want her to do amazing things when she grows up,” she said. “She can jet-ski or go on a boat. I want her to be smarter than me—just be the better version of me.”
And while her kids are learning how to do different activities, Cardi is learning from them. The “Up” artist says she has become more compassionate after having kids and she has a newfound respect for all mothers.
”I have so much compassion—and love and appreciation— for all mothers in the world,” she said. “There is no excuse, we have to do it. I have compassion for good mothers who get up and hustle and work, or even not work—having kids is work. Raising a kid is work. I have so much hatred for deadbeat mothers and fathers. It’s like, yo, bringing a baby into this world isn’t just like ‘I’ll figure it out.’ You have to be ready because you as a parent is all they got and all they want.”
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