Nicki Minaj has told how a decision to have an abortion as a teenager has "haunted" her throughout her life.
The singer, 32, told Rolling Stone magazine that she became pregnant while dating an older man when she attended the performing arts LaGuardia High School in Manhattan.
Nicki said that when she discovered she was pregnant: "I thought I was going to die.
"I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I'd ever gone through," she told the magazine.
The Anaconda singer said that her decision to terminate the pregnancy "haunted me all my life" but that she still believed she made the right decision.
"It'd be contradictory if I said I wasn't pro-choice. I wasn't ready. I didn't have anything to offer a child," she told the mag.
The rapper also told how she poured her feelings of vulnerability following the end of her 11-year relationship with producer Safaree Samuels into her new album The Pinkprint.
"I had to learn to do something as simple as sleep alone," she said. "I struggled with 'Do I express these feelings?' And I decided there's no reason for me to hide. I'm a vulnerable woman, and I'm proud of that."