Nicki Mi­naj’s Mom Ex­co­ri­ates UK Sun for Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Ar­ti­cle

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Carol Maraj

On Septem­ber 28, 2014, the UK Sun pub­lished an ar­ti­cle writ­ten by Pete Sam­son cap­tioned ‘“Nicki wit­nessed her dad beat­ing me…and used it to be­come the fiercest pop star on the planet,” Mi­naj’s mum talks about daugh­ter’s child­hood.’

Its pre­sumed premise is an in­ter­view I granted the writer. The ar­ti­cle pur­ports to quote me ex­ten­sively but is re­plete with em­bel­lish­ments and fab­ri­ca­tions, ap­par­ently for sen­sa­tion­al­ism. Thus, I can­not al­low this stun­ning piece of dis­hon­est, tabloid jour­nal­ism to stand un­chal­lenged.

I agreed to the in­ter­view with Mr. Sam­son as the mother of Nicki Mi­naj and a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, on con­di­tion that my daugh­ter and other fam­ily mat­ters would be ex­empt from dis­cus­sion and pub­li­ca­tion. We agreed that the ar­ti­cle’s sin­gu­lar fo­cus would be my work to in­spire women by cre­at­ing aware­ness of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence; help­ing vic­tims over­come the scourge of abuse and my Gospel sin­gle “God’s Been Good.”

In a crass breach of the agreed terms, Mr. Sam­son not only made my daugh­ter and my fam­ily the fo­cal point of his ar­ti­cle, but also punc­tu­ated it with gross fal­si­ties and sala­cious gossip from other sources. Two wit­nesses to my in­ter­view can at­test to his breaches and pre­var­i­ca­tions. I did not tell the writer that I was “beaten black and blue.” Nei­ther did I state or im­ply that my hus­band phys­i­cally as­saulted me con­tin­u­ously in the pres­ence or hear­ing of my chil­dren or oth­er­wise. This sim­ply did not hap­pen.

The cy­cle of phys­i­cal abuse Mr. Sam­son por­trayed is there­fore an em­bel­lish­ment which I force­fully de­cry. I would not have tol­er­ated nor sub­jected my chil­dren to such vi­o­lence. I told Mr. Sam­son of the vi­cious ver­bal abuse I en­dured and of two in­stances of phys­i­cal abuse. I also re­counted the oc­ca­sion when my hus­band al­legedly burnt down our home. That’s it! The ar­ti­cle would have been use­ful had the writer fo­cused on the agreed top­ics and the gen­e­sis and pur­pose of the Carol Maraj Foun­da­tion. My fam­ily is dis­ap­pointed that he es­chewed th­ese le­git­i­mate is­sues.

The chal­lenges my mar­riage and fam­ily ex­pe­ri­enced are not dis­sim­i­lar from those of many other mar­riages and fam­i­lies. How­ever, I can­not sub­scribe to the Sun’s em­bel­lish­ments. My fam­ily be­lieves that in­tegrity and un­re­lent­ing de­vo­tion to truth su­per­sede tabloid false­hoods that are coined solely for prof­i­teer­ing.

The newly founded Carol Maraj Foun­da­tion ad­vo­cates for “do­mes­tic vi­o­lence free” fam­i­lies and homes. It also aims to em­power vic­tims, nur­ture their self­es­teem and give them new hope of a brighter fu­ture.

Carol Maraj the mother

of Trinida­dian born en­ter­tainer Nicki Mi­naj says ar­ti­cle em­bel­lished and fab­ri­cated parts of

her story.

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