Nicki Minaj and Princess Diana. Image: Instagram via @NickiMinaj and @princessdianaa

Nicki Minaj and Princess Diana. Image: Instagram via @NickiMinaj and @princessdianaa

Nicki Minaj mocked for calling Princess Diana a ‘dear friend’

Nicki Minaj faced mixed reactions after calling Princess Diana her ‘dear friend’ during a concert in Birmingham, England.

Nicki Minaj and Princess Diana. Image: Instagram via @NickiMinaj and @princessdianaa

Nicki Minaj and Princess Diana. Image: Instagram via @NickiMinaj and @princessdianaa

Nicki Minaj, known for her bold personality and hit songs, found herself at the centre of a social media storm this weekend.

NICKI MINAJ AND PRINCESS DIANA

The rapper, while performing in Birmingham, England, asked for a moment of silence for her “dear friend” Princess Diana. This prompted a mix of reactions from fans and critics alike.

The incident occurred on Sunday when Minaj handed her signature pink microphone to a fan who mentioned he was from Wales.

This inspired Minaj to make an unexpected connection to the late Princess of Wales, according to Page Six.

NICKI MINAJ’S ‘DEAR FRIEND’

“Wales! It always reminds me of a dear friend of mine –– well, she’s not here anymore –– but the Princess of Wales,” she declared in a British accent. This was seen in a TikTok video.

She then paused and called for a “moment of silence” for the beloved royal.

Minaj held the microphone to her chest and looked down solemnly, while the audience grew slightly quieter.

However, the solemnity of the moment was short-lived, according to the New York Post.

Minaj quickly resumed her performance, maintaining the British accent as she listed more UK cities.

NICKI MINAJ RECEIVES MIXED RESPONSES

The video of the moment went viral, drawing mixed responses.

Some fans found the tribute touching, with one user commenting, “Our queen paying respect to Diana 🥺🥺”.

Another added, “The moment of silence was so cute😭💞”.

However, many were baffled by Minaj’s claim of friendship with Princess Diana, who passed away in 1997 when Minaj was just 14 years old.

“A dear friend of mine 💀💀💀 girl been dead since 1997 😭,” one person commented under the TikTok video.

Another wondered, “Since when is the Princess of Wales a dear friend to her 🤔”.

FAKE BRITISH ACCENT

Minaj’s attempt at a British accent also drew mockery, according to Sandra Rose.

“Not Nicki’s dear friend lady Di 😂,” a user quipped.

“I love your fake British accent tho QUEEN 😭 😭 😭,” another added on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Despite the backlash, some fans appreciated her effort to honour Diana.

Minaj has often expressed admiration for Princess Diana.

In 2023, she released the hit song Princess Diana with Ice Spice.

She also credited her 2018 album Queen as being inspired by the late royal.

However, her recent tribute seemed to have missed the mark for many.

ARRESTED IN AMSTERDAM

Adding to the weekend’s drama, Minaj was arrested in Amsterdam on Saturday for suspected drug possession.

She shared the ordeal on Instagram, posting a video of officers searching her bags after finding marijuana.

Minaj claimed the drugs belonged to her security team and was eventually released with a fine.

The incident led to the cancellation of her Saturday night concert, for which she apologised profusely to her fans.

A FORCE IN MUSIC

Nicki Minaj has not responded to the critics of her Princess Diana tribute.

Despite the mixed reactions, it’s clear that Minaj’s bold and unpredictable nature continues to keep her in the headlines.

Whether loved or mocked, she remains an undeniable force in the music industry.