Atlanta, GA – Unlike Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi, the always outspoken Cardi B opted not to perform at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show this weekend. In a new interview with the Associated Press, the platinum-selling rapper says she declined the NFL’s offer to show her support for former San Francisco 49er quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick.
But Cardi admits she had “mixed feelings” about turning down such a lucrative gig. She explained her (somewhat) estranged husband Offset is right there with her despite his passion for the game.
“My husband, he loves football,” she said. “His kids play football. It’s really hard for him. … He really wants to go to the Super Bowl, but he can’t go to the Super Bowl, because he’s got to stand for something. You have to sacrifice that. I got to sacrifice a lot of money to perform. But there’s a man who sacrificed his job for us, so we got to stand behind him.”
Although Cardi isn’t performing at the Super Bowl LIII, she has booked a few Super Bowl-related events and appears in a Pepsi Super Bowl commercial, something that has raised a few eyebrows. But apparently she has her reasons.
“I hear people saying like, ‘Oh, y’all are saying all this stuff about the Super Bowl, but you’re doing all these parties,’” she said. “And it’s like, well, if the NFL could benefit off from us, then I’m going to benefit off y’all. Y’all make the most money off our people. Why am I not going to take advantage of y’all and take money from y’all too? Because of y’all, we are getting these parties. OK, thank you.”
The Los Angeles Rams take on the New England Patriots on Sunday (February 3) at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS.