Cardi B attends the 2021 American Music Awards Red Carpet Roll-Out on 19 November 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Cardi B said she felt “extremely suicidal” and like a ‘burden to her family’ after a YouTuber pushed allegedly false claims about her.
The “WAP” artist took to the witness stand on Thursday (13 January) amid her ongoing defamation trial against YouTuber Latasha Kebe, also known as Tasha K.
NME reported that the rapper’s lawsuit claims that Kebe spread rumours that Cardi used to be a prostitute, cheated on her husband, was a cocaine user and had contracted herpes and HPV.
Cardi told an Atlanta federal court that she had “suicidal thoughts every single day” after she saw the alleged claims posted by Kebe. She shared that she felt like a “burden to my family” and woke up constantly with anxiety.
“I felt really helpless and hopeless,” she said. “It was just constant harassment.”
Cardi B added that she felt “defeated and depressed” because of the YouTuber’s claims.
The “Bodak Yellow” hitmaker said she had also developed fatigue, anxiety, weight loss and migraines, Billboard reported.
The rapper said she had also developed fatigue, anxiety, weight loss and migraines. She told the court that she believed “only an evil person could do that s**t”.
Cardi B told jurors that she had never felt suicidal before despite other hardships in her life. She also shared that she struggled to be intimate with her husband, Offset, and felt like she didn’t “deserve” her child.
She also “flatly denied” that she has herpes, Billboard reported.
Kebe has denied any wrongdoing and attempted to file her own lawsuit against Cardi B, Rolling Stone reported.
She attempted to bring claims of assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress, claiming the rapper “began to publicly trash” her online.
However, Kebe’s lawsuit was dismissed in July. The judge who dismissed her claims said Kebe “failed to produce any evidence” that Cardi “threatened Kebe or made her believe that she was going to harm her”.
Suicide is preventable. Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.