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‘You Have To Marry me’ Cardi B Reveals The Ultimatum She Gave Offset Before Having a Baby

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Cardi B and Offset had their first baby under one stipulation at the request of the “WAP” rapper. Here’s what Cardi had to say about their road to parenthood.

Cardi B and Offset are sharing the wild side of how their marriage came to be.

Way back before welcoming their two children together, the powerhouse couple got hitched as a dare, according to Cardi. The “Up” rapper revealed in her cover story with Essence that when Offset first proposed the idea of having kids together, she made a joke about how marriage was the only way she’d let it happen.

“We were making out and he was like, ‘You’re going to have my baby one day,'” Cardi told the outlet, “and I was like, ‘We ain’t having no baby. You have to marry me,’ and he was like, ‘Alright, let’s get married.'”

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The two got married in Offset’s Atlanta home on September 20, 2017. Seven months after tying the knot, Cardi announced she was pregnant with her first child during her appearance on Saturday Night Live.

Although the announcement was a riveting start to a new chapter in her life, Cardi was concerned about maintaining the momentum of her career before the baby’s arrival. Luckily, she had Offset – whose real name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus – to support her through the challenge.

He kept telling me, ‘Trust me. It’s going to be alright. You’re huge. Everybody loves you. People are going to understand.'” Cardi shared. “And I just kept telling myself, I have to put out my album before I get big and I can’t do these music videos. I can’t let everybody in the industry that believes in me down.”

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Their baby girl, Kulture Kiari Cephus,was born in July 2018. Describing her daughter as “a breath of fresh air” in her life, Cardi recalled that “people used to be on some ‘You’re a fourth baby mom’ s–t” prior to Kulture’s birth. (Offset is also a father to Jordan Cephus, 12, Kalea Marie Cephus, 7, and Kody Cephus, 7, from previous relationships.)

But 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,” she continued. “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.”

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Offset, who went on to welcome son Wave Set Cephus with Cardi in September 2021, first became a dad at the age of 17. Speaking to Essence, the Migos rapper shared that he was initially “scared” of fatherhood, but became more confident in his parenting skills as the family expanded.

“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,” Offset said of his older children. “It could be an issue, but I don’t have to go through that, and that’s beautiful.”

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