Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill's fun with GQ didn't end with their super-super-steamy debut photo shoot together. They've also got an interview that's strangely—or totally understandably, depending on where you're coming from—fixated on their relationship. The conversation did in fact yield a few li'l rubies. Like what Nicki's fave department of their romance is:
"My favorite thing about Meek is kissing him, which is weird. Just now I was like damn, you've been asking can I kiss you a lot now, and it's contagious because I used to be always asking him to kiss him when we first stated talking. I love kissing him. I love the way his lips feel."
The interview informs us they've been together a year now, that touring together is a dreamlike pinch-ourselves experience and that when they're out on the road by themselves, Nicki's in that "all I can think about is seeing him again" headspace. Also: Nicki has had three boyfriends in her 32 years on Earth.
One of the more enlightening glimpses into Onika's experience dealing with her love life and the music industry, though, is this:
"Nothing that we do is for TV. My decision to be public about my relationship came before I even met Meek. I was in another relationship and I said after I drop my third album that I don't care anymore what people think, I'm going to be vocal about who I'm with. It just so happens that I'm with a new guy. When I came in the business, you couldn't tell people you were in a relationship, because record company and management said that doesn't make you appealing to men. So don't tell people you're in a relationship. So after you do that for ten years it becomes something you feel like you have to do. It's difficult to break out of that box. ... Take Janet Jackson, people didn't know she was married for nine years or something like that. It was a taboo thing in the beginning. I didn't want to hide that side of my life anymore."
Head to GQ to learn more about how their friendship turned into a relationship and what it's like to date a rap peer. And to see those photos, of course.