Someone’s salty! Fans are calling out Nicki Minaj for throwing major shade at Cardi B on the Met Gala red carpet. In an interview with E!, the rapper explained why she chose to go as a “temptress” for this year’s theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. “You know what, because I’m the bad guy, and I wanted to make sure that the bad guy was here,” Nicki explained, while glaring at the camera. “Album dropping June 15, it’s called Queen.”

Of course, fans immediately picked up on Nicki’s “bad guy” reference as a subtle diss to Cardi B. The two have a complicated history together, and their feud escalated after collaborating on Migos’ track “Motorsport” last year. After the song came out, Cardi B admitted that Nicki’s verse on the song was different from the one she originally recorded. “When I heard the track, her verse wasn’t finished — well, it’s not the verse that is out right now — and Quavo told me to get on the song, and I just felt like it was a perfect opportunity for me to be on a track that’s big like that,” Cardi explained at the time. However, Nicki didn’t like that Cardi was talking about her in interviews, and said it “really, really hurt [her] feelings.”

“I remember when I first came in the game, if a female of that stature had done a feature with me on it, I would only be singing their praises and saying thank you,” Nicki shared. “The first interview she did after ‘Motorsport’ came out, it just really hurt me. She looked so aggravated and angry and the only thing she said was, ‘Oh, I didn’t hear that. I didn’t hear that verse.’ I was like what?”

After fans started to choose sides and news of their beef hit the Internet, Nicki says she felt like “the bad guy.” She explained, “It hurt my feelings to know that people would watch me be slaughtered and not one person will step in to say the truth. They will run with the lie, they’ll allow people to run with the lie because it’s entertaining to make Nicki seem like the bad guy…up until this recent interview that she did, I had never seen her show me genuine love in an interview.”

Nicki even tweeted about the drama, writing, “How can you say someone changed their verse & forget to say Quavo TOLD me to remove my singing part (which I loved) & Atlantic told me to remove your name from my verse per your request? So how were those changes gonna happen if I didn’t ‘change’ my verse?”

So obviously, once fans heard Nicki say she was “the bad guy” at the Met Gala, Twitter lit up. “Nicki throwing shade at Cardi B OMG,” one user wrote. “Wow, Nicki really did that. Queen of Shade. Speaking of, Queen drops June 15,” another wrote, with a third asking, “Did anyone catch the shade Nicki just threw?”

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However, fans on Twitter claim Nicki jumped into a photo with Cardi B shortly after, which makes the shade all the more real. Guess we’ll have to see if she calls out Cardi in her new album!

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