Safaree Samuels Says He Experienced A ‘Dark Time’ Following Breakup w/ Nicki Minaj

Safaree Samuels Says He Experienced A ‘Dark Time’ Following Breakup w/ Nicki Minaj

Reality TV star Safaree Samuels had some hurdles to overcome after his relationship with Nicki Minaj.

In a candid appearance on the We In Miami PodcastSafaree Samuels opened up about challenges faced following his high-profile breakup with rapper Nicki Minaj.

When asked about the greatest obstacle he had to overcome, Safaree Samuels, 43, noted,

“I was with Nicki, we broke up. So her fans and certain people wanted it to be like, ‘okay, they’re not together anymore… f*** him. Let him be nothing. Let him disintegrate. Let him disappear.'”

Safaree, Nicki Minaj

Reflecting on the aftermath of their split, especially during Nicki Minaj’s subsequent relationship with rapper Meek Mill, Safaree shared,

“I had two of the biggest people [Nicki Minaj & Meek Mill] in the world against me. That made everybody be against me. Nobody wanted to be next to me. Nobody wanted to work with me. It just made everything hard. That was a dark time for me.”

Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill

Despite the challenges of that time, Safaree emphasized that he has persevered:

“10 years later, 10-15 TV shows later… I’m still here. Some people don’t like that.”

Safaree Samuels and Nicki Minaj’s relationship began in the early 2000s in Queens, NY, where they were both part of a rap group named Hoodstars.

Safaree played a pivotal role in Nicki’s early solo career, serving as her hype man and a key figure in her music and image development.

Safaree & Minaj circa 2013

It became more evident that the two were romantically involved after they parted ways in 2014.

Safaree Samuels has since ventured into reality TV, gaining prominence on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop franchise.

Safaree Samuels (Love & Hip Hop)

He and his ex-wife Erica Mena have two children, a daughter named Safire and a son named Legend.

Nicki Minaj has also established her own family with her husband, Kenneth Petty. Together, they have one son.

Nicki Minaj, Kenneth Petty

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Authored by: Aaron Keenan