Cardi B and Offset’s Split Caps a Weird Year For Love in Music

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Five months after the birth of their daughter, Kulture, Cardi B and Offset have announced they have split. The two were married in a secret ceremony in September 2017, which Cardi didn’t confirm until June of 2018.

The breakup sounds like an amicable decision, with Cardi explaining on Instagram:

“So everybody been bugging me and everything. And you know, I been trying to work things out with my baby father for a hot minute now. We’re really good friends and you know we’re really good business partners… He’s always somebody that I run to, to talk to and we got a lot of love for each other but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time … It’s nobody’s fault it’s just like I guess we grew out of love. But, we’re not together any more. It might take time to get a divorce. I’m always going to have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father.”

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Within the last year, the two artists have collaborated on a number of songs—including Cardi’s solo material, Migos songs, and Offset tracks. “Motorsport,” the Migos song featuring Cardi that came out a month after her wedding to Offset, went six times platinum and reached No. 1 in the U.S. “Drip,” the Migos-featuring track from her debut solo album, landed in the Hot 100 and went platinum.

Meanwhile, Cardi B’s impressive Invasion of Privacy is filled with references to her relationship with Offset. Leading up to the release of the album, rumors had been spreading about trouble in their relationship, which she addressed in a Cosmopolitan cover story:

It’s like everybody is coming down my neck, like, ‘Why are you not leaving him? You have low self-esteem.’ I don’t have low self-esteem. Bitch, I know I look good. I know I’m rich, I know I’m talented. I know I could get any man I want—any basketball player, football player. But I want to work out my shit with my man, and I don’t got to explain why. I’m not your property. This is my life.

As a whole, it’s been an interesting year for very high profile relationships in music. Notably, Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Everything is Love, marked something of the opposite, with the two superstars patching up their rocky relationship on a stunning new album. The two addressed everything from Jay-Z’s alleged infidelity, to love, and family, and race in America. More recently, this summer had celebrity media enamored with Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s sudden engagement, which even resulted in a song called “Pete Davidson” on her excellent new album. That relationship ended as quickly as it began, which then brought us Grande’s massively successful new song “thank u, next.” Hell, you could probably even put Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s wedding somewhere on this list.

For good and bad, it’s been a fascinating year for love in music. And on a positive note, it’s resulted in some very good art.