In a 2010 MTV interview Nicki Minaj asked that her gay fans stay strong and not fold because of hateful comments:
"I would encourage my gay fans to be fighters and to be brave," she said. "People face difficulties, no matter who you are. I faced difficulties with a lot of things. I face opposition every day, but I didn't kill myself and now, thank God, I'm here. So I want my life to be a testimony to my fans and my gay fans."