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Cardi B Talks “Wild Side,” Frienship With Normani, and Pregnancy

Cardi B might be a mother, rapper, and your fave celebrity to follow on social media, but she is so much more than that, ‘mmkay? She is a ~ multifaceted queen ~, which means her v hilarious and wildly entertaining Messenger show Cardi Tries __ is the perfect watch. Gotta love a girl with range, right?

In the newest episode of Cardi Tries __, she turns her attention toward rhythmic gymnastics just as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics come to a close. Cardi might be pregnant with baby number two at the moment, but that didn’t stop her from giving the sport her all alongside friend and Insecure star Amanda Seales. Move over, Team USA’s women’s gymnastics team!

Following the episode’s premiere, Cardi caught up with Cosmopolitan to discuss what it was like trying rhythmic gymnastics for the first time ever, her friendship with Normani and the release of their single “Wild Side,” and what fans can expect from her upcoming era post -pregnancy.

Cosmo: In Cardi Tries __ you take up rhythmic gymnastics. Did you have an interest in the sport growing up, or are you more of a recent fan?

I never grew up around gymnastics or anything like that. We don’t really have that type of activity in the Bronx, but I always said I want to put my kid in gymnastics. When I found out that my first episode was going to be gymnastics, I was excited and annoyed, because ugh, that shit is so hard for me to do! I know I was gonna be looking like an idiot. I hate doing things that I can’t control, you know what I’m saying? And I’m not as flexible right now because I’m pregnant, but I was also excited because I was gonna get to see what it’s like. And then I found out that I was going to do this with Amanda Seales and I actually just started laughing, because I knew it was going to be funny ’cause she’s a character just like me.

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Was this your first time meeting Amanda?

It was my first time! She is so funny and so informative. She just taught me so much about the discipline you have to have while you’re doing gymnastics, and she said that she’s very disciplined because of it. I was like, ‘Oh that’s great for my kid! And it is! She needs some discipline! ‘

Speaking of teaching people on set, Normani just told Cosmo how supportive and kind you were to her while working on “Wild Side.” What was working with Normani like from your perspective?

Normani was really sweet. She has always been a sweet girl, but one of the reasons why I did a song with her is because my stylist worked with her and he was always saying how she’s such a nice person. My stylist was like, “Would you do a song with Normani? She would love to do a song with you, ”and I said yeah. I was really freaking out because the song was supposed to come out in June, and I had just told the world that I’m pregnant but the song got moved a little bit to July.

Normani is just such a great person and I cannot wait for the world to see more of her. She’s one of those nice girls … I don’t think she got any mean girl-ness in her body. She’s delicate and is one of those people you want success for, you know?

How did you get comfortable during scenes in the “Wild Side” video that had nudity, and how did Normani make it a safe space for you?

I felt like the song was really sexy, but I didn’t really want to do much nudity because I’ve done so much nudeness in my videos before. That was the only thing that made sense around that time because no clothes were fitting me nicely. I was around five and a half months pregnant, going into six months pregnant, so I couldn’t wear a bustier or waist trainer.

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My belly was in the way of every outfit I wore so I felt like the best way that I could hide and conceal it was with hair and being naked. We just looked so beautiful and Normani was so nice … she made sure that the set was very private ’cause nobody knew that I was pregnant, and she kept giving me advice on how to look more fierce. I felt so out of place trying to be sexy and rapping about dicks and cocks. My body wasn’t feeling sexy and it was the first time in public where I was butt naked with a big ass belly. But Normani’s a natural dancer, so she was like, “Yeah, Cardi go like this, POW!”

It’s been three years since Invasion of Privacy — what can fans expect from your future releases and this new Cardi era?

I definitely want to put my album out. After I drop my album, I automatically want to go on tour. I also want to be in the best shape that I can be and want to be mentally stable when I drop my album. I’m gonna have a baby and everything … it’s not that I don’t wanna rush, I just wanna be correct. I don’t want to miss my baby’s first couple of months and be really stressed out. I don’t wanna stress myself out my first couple of months of having a baby because postpartum [depression] hit me really hard the last time, but I think I’m gonna be okay.

‘Cardi Tries __’ is viewable on Watch Together via Messenger, Instagram, and Facebook Watch, which lets users watch music videos, TV shows, movies, and more with your friends and family in realtime.

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