Meek Mill may be right by Nicki Minaj's side, but despite widespread rumors, the two stars are not engaged. Us Weekly got an exclusive first look at Meek Mill's new cover story interview with The Fader, where he sets the record straight once and for all about potential wedding bells in the couple's future.
With Minaj joining him for much of the interview, Mill, 28, told the mag in its first summer music issue that the stunning 15-carat diamond ring that he gave the star is simply not an engagement ring.
"It's definitely real," the "Amen" performer told The Fader's contributing writer Will Stephenson about his relationship with Minaj, 32. "But it ain't really time to get married yet. We’re still learning each other, feeling each other out."
Rumor spread that the two musicians were engaged last month, when the "Anaconda" rapper shared a photo via Instagram of the massive rock from her boyfriend. As fans went into a frenzy over Mill and Minaj's future as husband and wife, the stars stayed mum on their romantic status.
The Philadelphia native needed to clear up the speculation with one family member, however, as he told The Fader that his grandmother was convinced he was engaged because "whatever she sees on TV, she believes."
Mill also came clean to rapper T.I., who serves as a mentor to the rising star. The ATL star congratulated the two on their engagement at a restaurant, The Fader reports, prompting Mill to respond, "I ain't engaged."
"You never asked her, 'Will you be my girlfriend?' But she is your girlfriend," T.I. reportedly shot back. "You may not have asked her, 'Will you marry me?' But you are engaged… I've said my part, as long as you know what’s going on."
While Minaj and Mill may not be officially engaged, the "Starships" performer does intend to get married before long.
"[I'm afraid] I'll become so consumed with work that I'll forget to live my personal life to the fullest," she told Complex last November. "If I’m done with my fifth album and I don't have a child by then, no matter how much money I have, I would be disappointed, as a woman, because I feel like I was put here to be a mother. I have definitely put off the wife thing because I don't want people in my business. I'd rather not do anything that's going to be on paper but I definitely will be married before I have my baby. I want to make sure I do it in that order. I've always felt like that since I was young; my mother always put that in my head."
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