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    Nicki Minaj Says Men Want to Be "Pet Like a Dog," Talks Motherhood and Halle Berry in Marie Claire

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    Nicki Minaj has a lot on her plate: She's recording a new album (and plans to put out at least three more). She's releasing a clothing line for Kmart. She's costarring in her first movie. And, on top of all that, she wants to be a mom. 

    "You feel the need to pay it forward, which starts with analyzing yourself with a true desire to grow," the Marie Claire cover girl tells the magazine about a recent "epiphany" she had on her success.

    The rapper continues, "I was praying every day, 'You know what, Lord? I want to be a mom one day, and I want to start becoming the woman who I want to parent my child.'... I didn't want to become a person who wasn't enjoying the moment."

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    But, as they say, first comes love. And Nicki's fans are convinced she's currently secretly dating someone famous. Marie Claire asked Twitter fans to submit questions and received quite a few demanding Minaj reveal her "secret boo."

    "Dear Barbz," she laughed when the interviewer asked. "I don't have a man. And if he were a secret man, why would I reveal him?"

    She does have some advice in the dating department though: "Don't chase any man. Put your school first," she advises. "Men love independent women. You don't have to be a bitch, but there's nothing wrong with it at times. And: Men are kids at heart. They want to be nourished and pet like a dog."

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    What fans can look forward to though, is Minaj's first turn on the big screen (in person, she voiced a character in last summer's Ice Age: Continental Drift). She'll costar opposite Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton in The Other Woman.

    Which isn't a surprise for people who know that Nicki actually went to school to study acting: "By the time I'm 19, I'm going to be Halle Berry status," she recalls thinking during her school days. "I really believed it and when it didn't happen, I started getting more and more crushed."

    And she landed this gig because of American Idol. "[Director] Nick Cassavettes" goes, 'I've been watching you on Idol, and you're great.'" she reveals, before continuing, "I would be lying if I said I was not nervous. I can't blow this."

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