Minaj's law-abiding career dreams
Nicki Minaj has revealed that she would have liked to be a lawyer, if she hadn't become a singer.
The Starships songstress admitted she had an interest in pursuing a career in law - but chose to go into rapping instead.
"I just loved the thought of going into a courtroom with mostly men and defending someone - just being able to persuade people with your words. It seems glamorous in a way. Very inspiring and ballsy," she told US Marie Claire.
Nicki also talked about how American Idol showed her real personality, in spite of the apparent on-screen tension between fellow judge Mariah Carey and herself.
"The perception that people had of me completely changed because there are no cue cards, there's no script, it wasn't [me] performing a song. It was, 'Let's see [your] real personality'," she said.
"My core is a genuine human being who roots for other people. I didn't want to blow smoke up their a**. I wanted every contestant to leave with something that they could remember."
The 30-year-old - who revealed she longs to be "a mum" one day - also gave tips to women looking for a man.
"Don't chase any man. Put your school first. Men love independent women," she advised.
"You don't have to be a b****, but there's nothing wrong with it at times. And: men are kids at heart. They want to be nourished and pet like a dog."