Kelis Accuses Nas of Being Physically Abusive During Their 5-Year Marriage

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By the time she filed for divorce over "irreconcilable differences" in April 2009, Nas had been cheating for two years, she alleges, in addition to the domestic abuse.

"This wasn't supposed to happen to us, the catastrophic disaster that we became", she says. Since becoming a chef and launching her successful brand Bounty & Full, the mother of two has been busy living her best life with her husband and two sons, Knight, 8, and Sheperd, 2. "A lot of drinking".

"I was really naive, I was madly in love, and so I took a lot that I shouldn't have taken, and generally just it's not in my character at all, so it was just all awkward", said Kelis.

When Lee asked Kelis to specify what she meant by physical abuse, she responded: "We would fight".

Kelis reflected on the time they met to the time they ended things, and everything in between. "We would fight. I never just sat there, but we would definitely fight". I've waited 9 years to say anything.

Kelis adds, "I'm not frail".




In 2009, Kelis says she thought about leaving Nas after details of Rihanna's abuse from Chris Brown came to light. "The amount of airing out that I could do, and I've chosen not to".

"Kelis really spared Nas' reputation and he let her be portrayed as a ruthless, gold-digging liar out to destroy a Black man", another tweeted. "Mmm hmmm." said Kelis.

According to her, she considered going public about the abuse when she saw photos of Rihanna's bruised face after Chris Brown attacked her; at the time, Kelis says she had visible injuries from Nas as well. But seeing her the way she looked and then looking at myself... Like I felt like, do I jump in? "I'm cooking. I'm raising my kids and I'm very private".

She believes that he only shows up for their son when things are "fun" or if it's a good photo opportunity for them. She also accused Nas of not taking an interest in their son's upbringing for years and that he now wants to dictate terms of the custody agreement. That's what you're not gonna do.You can't not show up for months and then wanna change the whole schedule, the whole plan, huh?

Her revelations come amid the backdrop of #MeToo, a movement whose greater reckoning around sexual assault, harassment and violence against women has yet to make a dent in hip-hop, despite its tangled, misogynist history.

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