ESSENCE has always been a place that nurtures, uplifts and inspires the notion of family. The magazine is proud to announce its May/June 2022 Anniversary issue featuring hip-hop royalty Cardi B and Offset and their amazing family.
Cardi B, 29, and Offset, 30, aren’t just mega-successful music superstars in their own right. They’re husband and wife, and parents to their 3-year-old daughter Kulture and 7-month-old son Wave. Offset is also a father to three older children from previous relationships: daughter Kalea, 7, and sons Jordan, 12, and Kody, also 7.
And during the interview with ESSENCE, Cardi B and Offset taking about the relationship, family and they build their home including business.
CARDI B ON MEETING OFFSET’S CHILDREN: ‘After we got married, that’s when I met his kids. I always wanted them to love me, and they really do. They tell me that. I feel it, and I hope we always have a great relationship.’
OFFSET ON FAMILY: ‘It’s a blessing to be able to have them all together, and to have a wife who’s open and treats them as if they’re her kids. It could be an issue, but I don’t have to go through that, and that’s beautiful.’
CARDI B ON HOW OFFSET SUPPORTS HER: ‘When I had my baby, I felt like things were going to be alright, because I know the type of man that he is with his kids. It’s hard for me to explain, but I see how much he loves his kids and how passionate he is about his kids, and I love that.’
OFFSET ON HOW THEY STAY MOTIVATED: ‘It might sound weird, but we don’t always put love first- because sometimes you can put love before work and mess up your career, because you’re not focused. Love is important, but if you’ve got that foundation, we should respect each other and what we have going on. I had never experienced a woman that was working like me and doing what I’m doing. It turns me on. She does her own thing. She likes the hustle, so that ain’t never getting in between our love.’
It took some time for Cardi and Offset to create a solid marital foundation as well. In December 2018, five months after Kulture was born, Cardi announced via Instagram that she and her then
newlywed husband had split. Couples often say the first year of marriage is the hardest, and their union was a testament to that. ‘I feel like our first year, even though we were in love with each other, we had a lot of lust,’ Cardi says. ‘We didn’t really know each other like that, because he was doing four shows a week. I was doing four shows a week. We would see each other about three or four times a month.’
A little more than a year later, they reconciled; and though the couple’s professional obligations haven’t necessarily slowed down—Offset is preparing to release his second solo studio album this summer, and Cardi is working on new music while filming her Meta original series Cardi Tries—things are much better. As Offset says, “We understand our job.”