Cardi B defends herself after video emerges of her discussing robbing men

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018 file photo, hip-hop recording artist Cardi B performs at Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in New Yo
FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018 file photo, hip-hop recording artist Cardi B performs at Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in New York. Cardi B is trying to clarify herself after a video surfaced online where the rapper said she drugged and robbed men for money. The Grammy winner posted a statement Tuesday, March 26, 2019, on Instagram that she had “very limited options” and needed to do anything to “survive.” The former stripper says she wasn’t trying to glorify her actions, but felt it was necessary at the time.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Cardi B has defended herself after a video emerged showing her discussing drugging and robbing men when she worked as a stripper.

In the three-year-old clip shared on social media on the weekend, the Grammy-winning rapper explained how she would target men while working in New York.

The video inspired the hashtag #SurvivingCardiB, a reference to the documentary Surviving R Kelly, as well as calls to boycott Cardi B.

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Cardi B has responded to a video showing her talking about robbing men while working as a stripper (Andres Kudacki/AP)

Cardi B, 26, has now responded to the controversy in a lengthy Instagram post, writing she did things in her past “I felt I needed to do to make a living”.

She said she never claimed “to be perfect or come from a perfect world” or have a “perfect past”, adding “I always speak my truth”.

“I never glorified the things I brought up in that live I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it. I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options”, the post continued.

Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, added: “I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but so many women have not. Whether or not they were poor choices at the time I did what I had to do to survive.”

The post was captioned: “All I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future.”

Cardi B made history earlier this year when she became the first solo woman to win the best rap album Grammy for her debut effort Invasion Of Privacy.

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