Nicki Minaj apologized in Manchester for postponing her concert after being arrested in the Netherlands

Nicki Minaj apologized in Manchester for postponing her concert after being arrested in the Netherlands
Nicki Minaj apologized in Manchester for postponing her concert after being arrested in the Netherlands

In an Instagram Live video, Minaj argues with police at the Amsterdam airport. Credit: (Instagram)

The rapper Nicki Minaj apologized to her fans and followers in Manchester after being forced to postpone her UK concert due to her arrest in the Netherlands for alleged drug possession. Minaj, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, was arrested on Saturday by the Dutch military police, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. According to authorities, a 41-year-old American woman was detained with “soft drugs”. Later that day she was released after paying a penalty feeallowing you to continue your journey.

minaj He used his social networks to inform his followers that he would not be able to carry out his presentation in Manchester that night and addressed them outside their hotel expressing his regret. “I love you and I am so sorry this happened tonight,” she said in a video. He had also previously posted his location on social network X, inviting her fans to see her from the balcony of her hotel.

The artist was supposed to go on stage at 9:30 p.m., but it was difficult for her to get there. schedule to give their live presentation to the British public. About 20,000 fans They were inside the venue, the largest indoor stadium in the United Kingdom, when they were told that The concert had been cancelled.

Fans had to leave Wembley Stadium without being able to see the concert. (REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja)

The artist was recorded in an Instagram Live video while arguing with the police at the airport while holding his cell phone. In the video, Minaj mentions “pre-rolls they found” and is then escorted from her vehicle to a police van. When she asked why she was being put in her vehicle, an officer informed her that she was “under arrest” for “carrying drugs”. In the video, Minaj can also be heard responding: “I’m not carrying drugs,” flatly denying the accusation.

The rapper returned to social networks to regret the incident and thank her fans for their support. (Twitter)

The situation meant that the concert in Manchester, planned for that night, could not take place. The organizers of the event, Live Nation and the concert venue Co-op Live, expressed their disappointment at the inconvenience caused. In a joint statement released Saturday night, they noted: “Despite Nicki’s best efforts to explore all possible avenues for tonight’s concert to take place, today’s events have made this impossible.”

cnn attempted to obtain comments from representatives of minaj, but they did not respond to the request of the international media. Meanwhile, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee confirmed that Minaj’s arrest was for “alleged exportation of soft drugs” and confirmed her release after a fine issued in consultation with the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

“We wanted to at least see it”said one of the fans gathered outside the hotel in Manchester, reflecting the frustration and hope of many fans waiting for the show.

Nicki Minaj apologized to her fans after postponing her concert in Manchester due to her arrest in Amsterdam. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

minajmaintained close contact with his followers, and on Sunday morning He returned to his social networks expressing his regret once again and reiterating his love and gratitude to his fans, hoping that the incident does not affect the rest of his tour.

The rapper is currently on her world tour Pink Friday 2, promoting their most recent album that was released late last year. The tour included a performance in Amsterdam on Thursday night, and the next concert is expected to be in Birmingham, UK, on ​​Sunday night.

In Manchester, a second concert is scheduled for Thursday, May 30 at the same place. Organizers and the artist asked fans to keep their tickets for a future rescheduling of the event.

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