Nicki Minaj has bought some expensive gifts for her family over the years — but her mother, Carol Maraj, tells Page Six that her home is still the best one.
“She has bought me a Mercedes-Benz. She bought me a beautiful home, and many different cars,” Maraj told us. “But I love my home. [Nicki] was born in Trinidad [and] came here at 5 years old. So to see her become this major success is amazing.”
Minaj, 40, previously rapped on her 2010 track “I’m the Best,” “I remember when I couldn’t buy my mother a couch/ Now I’m sittin’ at the closin’ bought my mother a house.”
The Long Island real estate purchase was featured on a MTV docuseries featuring the “Super Bass” artist back in 2010.
Maraj — the founder of the Carol Maraj Foundation — was recently honored at the non-profit Women Who Influence’s Pink Apple Brunch & Awards in Brooklyn for her work with women who have experienced domestic violence.
She founded the organization in 2013.
Maraj says of her life today, “I never expected this, raising my children here in the States, that my daughter would become this big superstar. I love that my daughter is so successful, and glad that she has a platform — but I have my own passion and drive. It’s really nice to know that I’m different.”
The mother of three said that she always wanted to instill in her now-famous daughter, “the importance of education,” she said.
“I insisted that my children go to school… and make the best of it when they came to the States,” she said. “Since I was a child, I have been determined no matter what happens in my life. I went to school for nursing. I always have hope to keep going, and that’s what I always try to tell these women. That it’s not over.”
In addition to her foundation, Maraj has a new fragrance in the works, called “Heaven Scent.”
Gabrieline Reece is the founder of Women Who Influence, which held its awards at Blondale Desrosiers’ Brooklyn events venue, Space 2Sixty.
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