Nas has denied he physically abused ex-wife Kelis.
The Hate Me Now rapper, who married Kelis in 2005 before divorcing five years later, opened up in a series of seven lengthy Instagram posts refuting allegations made in April by the Milkshake singer, that he mentally and physically abused her.
Nas explained his response was prompted by a call from Essence Magazine “about my ex wife doing another sad fictitious story”.
And the Grammy nominated rapper, who was awarded joint custody of the couple’s son Knight, in March, stated, “I do not beat women”, alleging his former wife had been abusive to him and verbally abusive to his daughter Destiny.
“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?” he wrote in the first of the posts.
“Why is there even a issue for me to have time with my son,” he continued. “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 (sic)?”
The 44-year-old went on to describe a “decade of dealing with very hostile behaviour and verbal abuse”, including an alleged attack earlier this year in front of his nine-year-old son.
Directly addressing allegations that he had been violent to Kelis, he said, “I did not beat up my ex-wife. Stop,” and advised young men who might find themselves in a similar situation to “RUN at the very first sign of verbal abuse or physical”.
And while he admitted to infidelity within their union, Nas insisted he “cherishes women” and accused the Caught Out There hitmaker of “taking advantage of a moment in time where women who are fighting for their lives to get justice”, to get ahead.
In her interview with HollywoodUnlocked.com, Kelis shared the couple had a tumultuous marriage with “a lot of mental and physical abuse”.
“It was really dark. A lot of drinking… I might have stayed with him,” the 39-year-old told the website. “I was pregnant and it was a mess and I felt like I wasn’t going to bring a child into this.”