“Bodak Yellow” hitmaker Cardi B delighted fans last year when she not only announced her pregnancy, but also her secret marriage to her boyfriend, fellow rapper Offset, who’s a part of the southern hip-hop group Migos. The couple first began dating in early 2017 after meeting while collaborating on music. They ended up getting engaged in October after Offset proposed during the Power 99 Powerhouse concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Still, considering the short amount of time the couple has been together, fans were surprised when they announced Cardi’s pregnancy in April 2018. In June of that year, TMZ leaked a marriage license confirming the couple had secretly married in 2017 at their home, before Offset’s very public proposal. Cardi also confirmed the news on her social media afterwards. However, it wasn’t long before the couple hit troubled waters. By late fall of 2018, media reports were suggesting that Offset had stepped out on his wife. By December, Cardi told her followers she had broken up with her husband and moved out of their home.
Since then, it appears the couple has been trying to repair their relationship. Not only have they celebrated big milestones together with their daughter and posted flirtatious things on social media, but they’ve also made public appearances (most notably they walked the red carpet together at the Grammys in February and accepted her award together). Keep reading to learn what you need to know about Cardi’s marriage and parenting style.
19 She’s Moved Back In With Her Husband
For months, it’s been unclear exactly what the status of Cardi B and Offset’s relationship is. The couple surprised fans last year by announcing they’d already gotten married.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before word of Offset’s indiscretions came to light, leading his wife to (very publicly) leave him. Although the rapper famously tried to win Cardi back at one of her concerts, she embarrassingly told him to get off the stage, making it clear she wasn’t ready to forgive him.
However, this past January, the celebrity seemed to confirm she and Kulture had moved back in with Offset, Hollywood Life reports. “I wanna come home!” she captioned a social media post featuring a photo of Offset and their daughter, leading many fans to assume she was confirming the two were indeed back together.
18 Even Though She Said They Were Divorcing Last Year...
Not only did Cardi move out of their home when Offset’s bad behavior was publicized, but the rapper also announced via social media her plans to divorce her husband of less than a year. Last December, she admitted the couple had decided to separate (even though they spent the Christmas holiday together weeks later).
“So everybody been bugging me and everything, and you know I’ve been trying to work things out with my baby father for a hot minute now […] but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time,” Cardi explained, as VH1 reports.
"It’s just like, I guess we just grew out of love,” she continued. “But we’re not together anymore. It might take time to get a divorce, and I’m going to always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father...”
17 They’re Already Trying For More Kids
Given all of the drama Cardi and Offset went through last year, no one was expecting to hear that the couple was trying for another baby. However, things must be really good between the formerly estranged couple, as sources confirmed this past April the two are trying for baby no. 2.
“Offset is trying to put a baby in her belly,” a source told Hollywood Life. “He is so happy and proud they are together and he wants more kids right away. He is madly in love with her and wants to be with her forever so growing their family is something he is excited about.”
However, the insider added Cardi isn’t in as much of a hurry to become a mom-of-two. “Cardi feels like she has her hands full still with Kulture. She just got her [figure] back and has some work she wants to accomplish before having more kids,” they said.
16 She Refused To Do Marriage Counselling
Although Cardi B and her husband Offset seem to be working things out nowadays, it sounds like she was initially resistant to it. When speaking to Harper’s Bazaar this year, the rapper admitted her hubby suggested they try marriage counselling, which she immediately refused.
“I didn’t want to go to marriage counseling,” she explained. “He suggested it, but it’s like, ‘I don’t want to go.’ There’s no counselor or nothing that could make me change my mind.” Cardi added, “Nobody makes my decisions about my life but me.”
So we guess marriage counselling isn’t the reason for their reconciliation!
15 She Struggled With Postpartum Depression
Cardi B is one of many celebrity mothers who has been open about their postpartum depression. The rapper says she went through a dark period following the birth of her daughter in July 2018. It probably also didn’t help that she was facing a lot of drama between herself and Offset.
“It was too hard,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I thought I was going to avoid it. When I gave birth, the doctor told me about postpartum, and I was like, ‘Well, I’m doing good right now, I don’t think that’s going to happen.’ But out of nowhere, the world was heavy on my shoulders.”
14 She Refuses To Hire A Nanny
Given how busy Cardi is with her work (and the fact she took zero time off after giving birth), most fans assume the celebrity must have a nanny or two to help her raise her daughter. However, last summer the rapper revealed she still hadn’t hired any help.
“I just want to learn how to be a mom,” she explained in a video she posted online, Us Weekly reports. “I want to enjoy every single second of it since I’m going back to work.” The mom-of-one added she’d been relying on family to give her a helping hand.
“This is her first grandkid. So this is all new to her again, just as it is new to me,” she said of her mom, adding, “My sister has not left my sight at all. She’s such a good helping hand, and my dad, he’s just running errands for me in New York.”
13 She Cancelled Her Tour For Her Daughter
Last year, many fans were disappointed when Cardi B announced she would not be going on tour with Bruno Mars, despite much anticipation. She’s since revealed that the decision was motivated by the need to spend more time with her daughter, who had just been born.
"I was going to make millions off my Bruno Mars tour, and I [gave that up] to stay with my daughter," Cardi said, as W Magazine reports. "I love my daughter. I’m a [good] mom. So for somebody that don’t have a child to like that comment? So many people want to say that party wasn’t the time or the place [to confront Nicki Minaj about criticizing her parenting methods], but I’m not going to catch another artist in the grocery store or down the block."
12 Labor Was Harder Than She Expected
Cardi has a pretty relaxed attitude and it sounds like she thought Kulture's birth would go pretty smoothly. However, since giving birth, the rapper has admitted things were harder than she expected.
“It was totally harder,” she explained on Jimmy Kimmel Live last July about her birthing experience. “She broke my [downstairs area]. Why nobody tells you about those things? Nobody told me they were gonna stitch [that area]. People just be like, ‘Oh, you know, when you give birth, it’s gonna hurt.’ But nobody tells you [that].”
With reports that she’s trying for baby no. 2, we wonder if she’s feeling anxious about giving birth again.
11 She Says She’s A Very Strict Mom
Given her wild personality, many fans assume Cardi has a relaxed and carefree attitude when it comes to parenting. However, the celebrity has admitted she plans on being strict with Kulture as she gets older, so she doesn’t make the same mistakes she did while growing up!
“My mom tried to stop me from all of that but I still did it,” Cardi told W Magazine last October about her own teenage years. “I joined a gang. If she had let me out as often as I wanted to, I probably would be [gone] or got my face cut up. Or been a teenage mom.” She added, “I’m going to be very strict.”
10 She Won’t Let Her Kid Attend Sleepovers
Sleepovers are pretty harmless, right? Well, Cardi B doesn’t think so!
During her interview with W Magazine last fall, she gave fans a bit more insight into exactly what being "very strict" with her daughter means.
When she was asked if she won’t allow Kulture to attend sleepovers (just like her mother did), Cardi said she won't. She replied, “Like, you can have whatever you want, but you can’t do whatever you want.” She went on to explain that she wants to prevent her daughter from getting in the same sorts of questionable situations she did when she was younger.
9 She Doesn’t Like Posting About Kulture Online
Many celebrity parents choose to be selective about the photos they post of their children online - and Cardi B is one of them. In order to protect her daughter’s privacy, the rapper didn’t release a photo of her for months after her birth. “We were very concerned because we were getting a lot of threats, so [Offset] said, ‘The world don’t even deserve to see her,’” Cardi told Harper’s Bazaar of their decision.
She explained she and her husband eventually posted a photo of her because they know the paparazzi would eventually snap one. “It’s really annoying and we don’t have a life. We have to hide her all the time,” she said. “I can’t go to L.A. or Miami and walk down the beach with my baby. I want to go shopping with my baby. I want to take a stroll with my baby. Sometimes I feel bad for her because all she knows is the house.”
8 She Spent The Holidays With Her Estranged Ex
Like we said, it’s been pretty unclear if Cardi and Offset are back together. One of the reasons they’ve been fuelling rumours of a reconciliation for months is because they’ve spent the past major holidays together with their daughter.
Last December, the estranged couple managed to celebrate Christmas together. "Cardi B wants Offset to be a part of Kulture's life and wants him to spend Christmas with his daughter," a source told E! News, adding that the two weren’t officially together. "It's Kulture's first Christmas and it means a lot to Cardi to have the family together."
Most recently, the parents also posted photos on social media showing them celebrating Easter with their little girl.
7 She Doesn’t Like Leaving Her House Nowadays
Just one look at Cardi B’s social media will reveal how busy the star is with her work. Despite her hectic schedule, she recently admitted that she really just prefers staying home with her little girl nowadays. So relatable!
"I just wanna be home all the time. I don't care about going out anymore," she told Harper’s Bazaar earlier this year. "The things that I thought matter [don't] really matter. I'm just so focused on my kid. I don't [feel] sad for long because whenever I'm with my baby, it's like, 'Yeah, whatever. [Screw] everybody.'"
6 She Admits She Didn’t Take Enough Time Off Work
Fans were incredibly impressed when Cardi B was back to performing in just a matter of weeks after giving birth. The celebrity was even planning on going on tour when her baby was only months old, which she ended up withdrawing from. However, Cardi has since admitted that she should’ve taken more time off work to recover post-birth.
“I didn’t [think] that it would take so long for my body to heal,” she said in a video posted on social media, People reports. “I thought six weeks was going to be good enough — no, bro...This baby broke [me].” She continued, “And my mind is so weird. Postpartum […] it’s real. It’s really real, y’all.”
5 She Says Her Life Is A Rags-To-Riches Fairy Tale
Nowadays, Cardi B definitely has it made. The celebrity is constantly showing her designer clothes and luxury cars amongst other things on social media. However, when she was growing up, the rapper's family never had a lot of money.
“I feel like my life is a fairy tale and I’m a princess—rags to riches, people trying to [ruin it],” she told Harper’s Bazaar this February. “Before, I cared about everything—relationship, gossip. Now I don’t feel like I have the time to please people. I don’t care about anything anymore—just my [job] and my kid.”
4 She Doesn’t Want To Date Around Her Kid
Earlier this year, the star opened up about getting back onto the dating scene if her marriage ends - but don’t expect her to get back into it right away. Cardi says her number one priority is her daughter.
“I have a kid, and I’m also famous,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “So I can’t just [date] anybody. People talk [unrealistically to me.] It’s like, 'Bro, why would you want to holler at me right away? You’re weird. If you think [I'm] automatically [going to date] you after a marriage, that just means you think I’m a [player]. And I’m not. I have a kid—I have to show an example.'”
3 She Says Her Baby Is 'Demanding'
Given that Cardi B has a bit of a diva-ish attitude, it’s not surprising that her little girl is already showing signs of a strong personality. When speaking to fans in a video posted to social media, the rapper referred to her newborn as “demanding,” which we’re sure most first-time parents feel!
“I met my match,” Cardi said, People reports. “She is very demanding. I can’t believe I have a boss. I really have a boss. When my baby wanna eat, she wanna eat. It’s not like, ‘Oh, three minutes,’ no. ‘Gimme the milk now!’ You gotta burp her right away — everything, everything, everything. She wants everything.”
2 They’re Doing Everything To Make Their Marriage Work
By the sounds of it, Offset and Cardi B are still struggling to keep their marriage alive. In February, a source told Hollywood Life that Offset was more devoted to his wife and daughter than ever, which seems to be working its magic on Cardi.
“She feels he’s doing everything to show her that — by spending more time with her and Kulture and putting them first,” the source explained. “Offset has never not wanted to be with Cardi, but he’s fully aware he messed up. He never wants to lose Cardi again. She made him work hard for this, but they’ve never been happier.”
They added, “Cardi knows that the kind of love she has with Offset is one in a million and she wants to make this work.”
1 She Says She’s Not Choosing Between Her Baby Or Work
Even though Cardi has admitted that her baby is a handful and that she should’ve taken more time off after giving birth, she’s showing no signs of slowing down! The celebrity has said she doesn’t believe women need to choose between their children or work: they can have it all.
“It just really bothers me... because I see a lot of women online like, ‘Oh I feel sorry for you, oh your career is over,’” she told The Breakfast Club before welcoming her daughter. “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.”
Sources: W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Hollywood Life, People Magazine, Us Weekly