Cardi B started out as a stripper, then became an Instagram personality, then starred on the reality show Love & Hip-Hop, and now she's the hottest rapper on the planet. That's a pretty impressive evolution! You couldn't turn on the radio over the past year without hearing her infectious single "Bodak Yellow." Last week, the charismatic MC dropped her debut album, Invasion Of Privacy, and it's already certified gold. And she's even branching out into television; every night, this week she's co-hosting The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. At 25 years old, she's on top of the world.
During her musical performance on Saturday Night Live last week, Cardi revealed that she was pregnant, exposing her baby bump in a skin-tight white dress. (The father is Offset, from the hip-hop group Migos, who have also been dominating the radio for the past two years.) Most people were happy about Cardi's pregnancy, and complimented her for rocking out on live TV with a big ol' belly. However, some people criticized her on social media, claiming it's bad timing to have a kid at the peak of her career, with so many tours and opportunities on the horizon.
In an interview with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, Cardi B fired back at the haters questioning her choice to keep the baby. Just because she's pregnant, that doesn't mean her career is over.
"It just really bothers me and it disgusts me because I see a lot of women online like, ‘Oh I feel sorry for you, oh your career is over. As a woman, why can’t I have both? Why do I gotta choose a career or a baby? Like, why can’t I have both? I want both. I don’t want to wait until I’m 30-something to have a kid. I want my kid now that I have energy and stuff."
Sine the pregnancy was unplanned, one of the hosts asked Cardi B point-blank if she ever considered "not having the baby." The rapper replied that she considered abortion as an option, but ultimately decided not to get one:
"Kinda, sort of. I just didn't want to deal with the whole abortion thing. I just didn't want to. You know what? I'm a grown woman. I'm 25 years old. I’m gonna say this in the most humblest way — I'm a schmillionaire. And I'm prepared for this."
Abortion is personal decision for women, and financial stability is certainly one of the huge deciding factors. (Unfortunately, most of us aren't 'schmillionaires.') Luckily, Cardi B is at a point in her career where she doesn't have to worry about cash. In her hit single, Bodak Yellow, she brags about paying her mama's bills, fixing her teeth and going shoe shopping: "These expensive, these is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes / Hit the store, I can get 'em both, I don't wanna choose." Cardi B's kid is going to the dopest red bottom baby shoes.