Nicki Minaj’s story on cousin avoiding vaccine explained, is the claim true?


Barbz were deeply involved in the discussion surrounding Nicki Minaj’s absence at Met Gala 2021, when the rapper shared the story about her cousin’s friend experiencing “swollen testicles” after getting the vaccine. Confused fans are wondering if that’s possible. 

Nicki took to Twitter to share a series of tweets, explaining that she wouldn’t get vaccinated. Apparently, she has done “enough research”. But, what caught everybody’s attention was her cousin’s story and his reason to not get the vaccine. 

Nicki Minaj’s story about cousin’s vaccine explored

The rapper shared several tweets to back her opinion about vaccination and in one of them, she shared the story about her cousin in Trinidad and why he wouldn’t get the vaccine. 

She said his friend became “impotent” after getting a vaccination and his testicles were “swollen”. 

Her tweet further read, “His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied”

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While the above tweet sparked a conversation among her fans, the rapper continued to share more tweets as she started receiving backlash for not getting the vaccine. However, she has defended herself saying the media is misinterpreting her statements. 

Although she shared the rather scary story about her cousin’s friend, she said she chose not to go to Met Gala considering her daughter’s well-being. 

Experts weigh in on rapper’s story 

No sooner, experts offered their opinion about people’s reaction to vaccines, after Nicki’s story about her cousin’s friend started gathering a lot of attention. 

According to PEOPLE, public health expert Dr. Leena Wen has clarified “impotency is not a known side effect of any of the COVID-19 vaccines that are currently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.”

“It is just not true that getting the COVID-19 vaccine is associated with infertility in either males or females,” the doctor further added. 

The health professor explained that some patients may experience “scrotal discomfort” while having COVID-19. 

“In addition, there has been an association between scrotal swelling and congestion to having COVID-19. So, to emphasize, these are not associated with the vaccine but with the disease”, she further clarified. 

Fans shocked by Nicki Minaj’s claim 

Nicki’s story stunned many of her fans. Meanwhile, the rest used the opportunity to poke fun at her for relating vaccination to impotence. 

One tweeted, “Hmm. I could listen to what doctors and other medical professionals are saying based on data involving millions of people, or I could listen to what Nicki Minaj says her cousin told her about his friend. However can I reconcile these two nearly equally good choices?”

Another added, “Reported for misinformation and unfollowed. I loved you and your music, this is so very disappointing and dangerous”

One wrote, “Imagine getting on Twitter one day and seeing that your friend’s super famous cousin just told 23 million people about your balls.”



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