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Nicki Minaj skips Met Gala over COVID-19 vaccine requirement

Rapper Nicki Minaj will skip this year's Met Gala over the event's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Minaj, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, told followers that she is still researching the vaccine and does not want to jump into the decision. 

"They want you to get vaccinated for the Met," Minaj, 38, tweeted Monday. "If I get vaccinated, it won't (be) for the Met. It'll be once I feel I've done enough research. I'm working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one."

Minaj also revealed that she tested positive for COVID after preparing to attend the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards and struggled with being away from her 12-month-old son. "Do u know what it is not to be able to kiss or hold your tiny baby for over a week?" Minaj tweeted. "A baby who is only used to his mama?"

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Nicki Minaj attends the Met Gala on May 6, 2019. Taylor Hill/FilmMagic via Getty

Minaj said fellow rapper Drake caught COVID in a "breakthrough" infection. She expects that she will be vaccinated once she is required to go on tour, but will not do so just to attend the Met Gala.

She continued discussing the vaccine with fans, encouraging them to get the vaccine while sharing stories of people who experienced alleged side effects.

This will be the first Met Gala that Minaj has skipped in four consecutive years. In compliance with New York's "Key To NYC" vaccination rules, all guests attending the gala, which is famously held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will be required to be fully vaccinated.

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