Nas - Nas: 'Kelis Was My Courtney Love'
Rapper Nas refused to heed warning signs that his marriage to Kelis was doomed because he thought the couple could be an inspiration to the hip-hop generation.
The couple's four-year union ended with a very messy divorce and custody battle shortly before their son Knight was born in 2009, and now the I Can hitmaker admits he should have known the marriage wouldn't work.
He tells Complex magazine, "It (relationship) was a problem I was attracted to. It was rock and roll. I saw Kelis as Courtney Love - but I also saw her as a mahogany queen. I saw us as a beautiful thing. I saw us as inspiration. People weren't seeing hip-hop artists get married.
"A lot of people came at me crazy, but I think overall, we were inspiring people to love... In the beginning, I said, 'There's parts of this that might not work,' but there was a beautiful part of it too."
He also claims his marriage to Kelis started faltering when she turned out not to be the woman he thought she was: "There was a lot of things thrown at her that she couldn't handle... Every night she was in bed with Harvard... She had all the answers, but I needed something more from her that she either wasn't ready or didn't know how to provide.
"Plus, she is younger than me and she hadn't seen all the things I had seen. She was on her journey, I was on mine."