In the must-read accompanying interview, Cardi talks the "fairy tale" life, her admiration for Meghan Markle, becoming a parent, her relationship with Offset, and much more.
On the topic of Offset and reconciliation, which has been the subject of some quickly rebuked gossip reports, Cardi leaves the possibility open. "I don't think so," she said. "Who knows? You never know, you can never tell." Offset, writer Vanessa Grigoriadis noted in the piece, has visited Cardi's apartment. The two, however, are "not really" talking.
Later, Cardi is asked if anyone close to her was involved with the ultimate decision to split with the Migos member. That's a no. "Nobody makes my decisions about my life but me," she said, adding that Offset wanted her to try marriage counseling. "I didn't want to go to marriage counseling," she says, in a firm tone of voice. "He suggested it, but it's like, 'I don't want to go.' There's no counselor or nothing that could make me change my mind."
Cardi has spoken about therapy in general before, notably in a 2018 Howard Stern interview in which she explained how her view on the practice had evolved.
Elsewhere in the Harper's Bazaar piece, Cardi suggests a possible social media slowdown. "I really don't need it, and sometimes it just brings chaos to my brain," she said, echoing my sentiments exactly. Read the full thing here.
As the interview started making the rounds Thursday, fans pointed out what they have argued are noticeable similarities between the accompanying Mariano Vivanco photo campaign and a certain shoe incident:
Cardi is among the many artists early on backing the Recording Academy's recently announced inclusion initiative for women. The initiative, launched by the Academy's Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, focuses on diversifying the assortment of producers and engineers tapped by artists and labels for future releases.