The "Hate Me Now" rapper, who married Kelis in 2005 before divorcing five years later, opened up in a series of seven lengthy Instagram posts refuting allegations made in April by the "Milkshake" singer, that he mentally and physically abused her.
Nas explained his response was prompted by a call from Essence Magazine "about my ex wife doing another sad fictitious story".
And the Grammy nominated rapper, who was awarded joint custody of the couple's son Knight, in March, stated, "I do not beat women", alleging his former wife had been abusive to him and verbally abusive to his daughter Destiny.
"This is what your life has come to sis? Exploiting some people's real struggle and pain... just to get at me... to get attention? Fame? Another fight against men?" he wrote in the first of the posts.
"Why is there even a issue for me to have time with my son," he continued. "A son needs his father. So many absentee fathers out here and here i am being attacked by your accusations simply because i got us in court to help fix this the custody matter (sic)?"
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PART 1. The Price i Pay To See My Son. And apologies in advance for the typos as I am speaking from the heart as a man who has had enough. Today i got a call from essence about my ex wife doing another sad fictitious story. Nothing surprises me anymore, including this. This is what your life has come to sis? Exploiting some people’s Real struggle and pain...just to get at me....to get attention ? Fame? Another fight against men? We are a human family and we should be better examples for our son. Why is there even a issue for me to have time with my son. A son needs his father. So many absentee fathers out here and here i am being attacked by your accusations simply because i got us in court to help fix this the custody matter? Why did i have to take you to court to see our son? Why when i win the joint custody ( which is a win for both of us and our son, it helps us with both our schedules) why do you feel thats an attack on you? Is it control ? Why do you need to have control over my life? because we’re not together? Then why? Is this being rewarded and praised by people who are being taken advantage of by you and your lies? To all separated couples out there who are cordial and co parent nicely GOOD FOR YOU. I wish that was me. I’m the most chill cool parent there is. Who has time to argue ? About what? It’s about our little guy. You haven’t had to deal with what I’ve been dealing with. Trust me. I’m a mild mannered god fearing very fair human being who tries his hardest to please everyone. It’s my nature. I’ve seen this too many times before And there was times i thought Kelis my ex wife was not this type. This is the type of antics that deceive people and people mistakenly call it strong. Seems I always had more belief in you than you do for yourself. I instilled strength in my daughter who you were already so jealous of and treated poorly. Being jealous & verbally abusive to a Little girl.
The 44-year-old went on to describe a "decade of dealing with very hostile behaviour and verbal abuse", including an alleged attack earlier this year in front of his nine-year-old son.
And while he admitted to infidelity within their union, Nas insisted he "cherishes women" and accused the "Caught Out There" hitmaker of "taking advantage of a moment in time where women who are fighting for their lives to get justice", to get ahead.
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PART 2. In life you have to work hard to be successful, not try to tear someone down for that’s the most coward way. Women are the essence of life. I cherish them. My strength is given to me from my mother. I am everything she taught me to be. I was raised in a single home by a single woman. I am a very proud black man. I shouldn’t have ignored the signs from your your first song and video I HATE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW. But I thought you was beautiful. You came into my life at a time i was grieving from my moms passing. You was a friend. Because of that i wanted to marry you. And i did. And we had a big lavish wedding. Overall there was too many good times. I have to say i wasn’t the most faithful husband. I was immature. I’m sorry about that. But you bumped your own head sis. Why do i have to live thru a constant divorce? It didn’t work out. Life goes on. I’m not coming back to you. Your married and im happy for you and I’m a extremely happy black brother out here trying to make a difference for my kids and the next generation of young people who see me as huge inspiration in music, art,business, education and so on. After 10 years of keeping my silence during a decade of dealing with very hostile behavior and verbal abuse and even your stepfather holding you back from one of your physical violent Attacks on me right outside your house THIS YEAR while trying to pick up our son while he watched from the window, it was my weekend and you denied me that because your parents were in town. I just went home. This has been my life for my son’s entire life. Even our son wonders why you treat me the way you do?
Directly addressing allegations that he had been violent to Kelis, he said, "I did not beat up my ex-wife. Stop," and advised young men who might find themselves in a similar situation to "RUN at the very first sign of verbal abuse or physical".
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PART 6. Everything with her is a plot and a scheme. Has no merit. No foundation I didn’t Wana speak up because i have real respect for our women. And definitely my son. I do not beat women. I did not beat up my ex wife. Stop. You got beat up in court. How much money do you want? Do you want me to relinquish my rights to see my son is that what you want? Just tell me. After all the tweets and posts you made thru the years disrespecting me and my family I still have love for you as the mother of my child BUT I am done with this. This game ends now and GOD will be the judger of all this. And although you tell everyone GOD hates me (some Christian you are) I will survive and thrive from this moment because I know who I am & you have not a clue who you are.
In her interview with HollywoodUnlocked.com, Kelis shared the couple had a tumultuous marriage with "a lot of mental and physical abuse".
"It was really dark. A lot of drinking... I might have stayed with him," the 39-year-old told the website. "I was pregnant and it was a mess and I felt like I wasn't going to bring a child into this."