Cardi B went to Instagram to explain himself after a video revealed of the rapper admitting to stealing and drugging men while she worked as a stripper.
The clip, an Instagram Live recorded three years ago, shows Cardi talking about customers who want to take her back to the hotels.
She says, "I had to go," Oh yes, do you want to fuck me? "Yes, yes, yes, let's go back to this hotel," and I drugged no- and I assaulted them is what I used to do. "
Since being resurrected recently, horrified fans have responded to the video, comparing it to the alleged crimes of singer R Kelly, giving him the hashtag #SurvivingCardiB, a reference to the documentary Surviving R Kelly, which describes allegations of sexual abuse against the star.
In response, Cardi B posted on Instagram again – this time to explain his actions.
"So I see on social media that what I've lived for three years has come back.A show where I've talked about things I had to do in the past, right or wrong, that I felt I had to do to make a living, "she wrote in a post on Tuesday.
"I never affirm (sic) be perfect or come from a perfect world (sic) a perfect past I always speak my truth I always own my s ** t".
The star said it was never her intention to glorify her actions, but added that while she was not proud, she did what was necessary "to survive."
"There are rappers who glorify murdered violent drugs and robberies Crimes they feel they had to do to survive I never glorified the things I created in that show I never put these things in my music because I'm not proud of it and feel the responsibility not to glorify him.
"I made the choices I made at the time because I had very limited options. I was blessed to have been able to raise myself from that, but not many women," she said. "Whether they were bad choices at the time or not, I did what I had to do to survive."
She said that everyone has a past that we can not change and that all she could do now was focus on improving herself "for me, my family and my future."
Cardi is married to Migos rapper Offset, with whom he shares his eight-month-old daughter, Kulture.