When Nas revealed the cover art for his latest album Life is Good, he revealed that he was posing with his ex-wife Kelis’ wedding dress in the image. The R&B songstress later responded that it was “awesome” that Esco was so open and honest about his life, though her feelings weren’t so calm at first.
During an interview with Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex, Nas explained that he showed her the image two weeks before it was released, culling a less-than-enthusiastic response from Kelis. “I think I told her about two weeks before it went out. Work was done. Two weeks before it went out,” he said. “At first, she was like, are you dissing me? I was like, come on man, we grown. There was a time when it was turmoil but I’m not trying to play you and just showing what people know. They know we split. The divorce was public, people knew about it.”
Nas explains that it wasn’t the entire dress pictured on the cover, but only a part of it that was left behind when she cleaned out their home. He also defended Kelis, stating that he feels she was wrongly villainized.
“Honey’s a good girl and she just caught a bad rap in the whole thing. It wasn’t fair though. I love people that ride with me, because people had to split sides. Her friends had to go with her, my friends… But at the end of the day, I think they were too harsh,” he said. “It’s in a better place. It took a while to get there. Of course, you only see what the media put out there. We had some of the biggest divorce lawyers in L.A. It shouldn’t have happened like that. We didn’t know any better. i wanted to handle it outside of court, and when you’re dealing with divorce sometimes and there’s a lot of anger and hurt, you don’t want to hear what the next person is saying. You just think that person is trying to take you down, so you go and get the best representation you can get. What we realized later, we didn’t have to go at it like that. We in a much better place, thank God. We’re in a much better place.”
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