Rose clarifies just how her marriage to Wiz Khalifa ended after they filed for divorce in 2014, describing how his disparaging rap verses about women countered her “feminist” perspective.
“Wiz is a rapper so he talks about ‘fucking hos’ and doing shit like that, but I’m a feminist, so I have my views about that while also supporting my husband in his craft, and supporting him to be creative,” says Rose. “That became very difficult. And now that we’ve separated, I was able to have my own voice and do me. And it worked.”
Tabloids reported that the couple “celebrated” the finalization of their divorce by hitting up the strip club, but Rose says that this wasn’t the truth.
“Why would we celebrate one of the worst times in our lives?” asks Rose. “The truth is we’d signed our divorce papers four, five months prior to that night.”
She explains that their visit to the club, instead, was one of mourning.
“It was a very difficult time,” says Rose. “Wiz literally just called me and said, ‘I’m gonna take my baby mama out. I love you, you’re my best friend, so let’s go spend some money on some strippers.’ And he knows that I won’t go to the strip club unless he’s spending at least $20,000. I just can’t do it. I’m a former dancer so I need to throw some money. So we went and we just had the time of our lives.”
“The misconception—and I still hear this seven years later, to this day—is, ‘You’re only famous for Kanye.’ Initially, absolutely,” explains Rose. “In 2009, when they’re like, ‘Amber Rose—Kanye’s girlfriend,’ I was like, ‘OK, that’s pretty accurate. That’s what it is.’ But I didn’t ask to be famous, and I didn’t even talk or do interviews for two years, because I thought, ‘I don’t want this. I’m not famous.’
“Over time, with going out in public, I realized it would never go away, so I didn’t have any choice but to progress. Everything I’ve done since then is my own doing, and I’ve worked my fucking ass off for everything I have. But Wendy Williams put Charlamagne [Tha God] on. Jay Z put Kanye on! But they don’t do that to men, and they always want to diminish my accomplishments and put them on someone else when I work really hard.”
Read the rest of Rose’s interview about her new VH1 show, the Ian Connor rape allegations and more over on The Daily Beast, and listen to our Celebuzz’d podcast about celebrity breakups in the player below.