Nicki Minaj reconciled with troubled father Robert Maraj before his tragic hit-and-run death despite their painful past

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NICKI Minaj has been open about her difficult childhood with her late father Robert Maraj and his alleged abuse of her mother, but the two reconciled over the years before his death.

The rapper’s dad was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Friday in Long Island, New York.

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Nicki Minaj had a difficult relationship with her late dad Robert Maraj

Nicki, 38, hasn’t yet spoken out about the loss of her father, but she’s shared details about their tumultuous relationship in the past.

She said Robert was never abusive toward her ever but claimed he was toward her mother, Carol.

In a 2018 clip from the Making a Queen documentary, Nicki recalled: “I remember when my mother would let my father be violent with her and she always brings up this story about when I was a little girl and I would stand in front of my mother [with my arms open].

“That’s why maybe some people would describe me as abrasive or b***hy or whatever because I vowed from that age no man would ever abuse me, call me out my name, treat me like that.”

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She claimed over the years that he was abusive toward her mother Carol

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She said he was never abusive with her, though

Nicki told Now magazine that she was once really “afraid” when she saw him drag her mom out of a car and pull her along for a couple of blocks.

After hearing about Nicki’s thoughts on her childhood and her relationship to him, sources close to Robert told TMZ in 2012 that he thought her stories were “exaggerated.”

He admitted to having some anger issues, but he was reportedly extremely upset to learn how his daughter things when she was younger.

Eventually, Nicki later shared with The Guardian that her dad was trying to get better.

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Nicki recalled seeing her dad drag her mom out of a car and down a few blocks

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Nicki’s mom filed for a restraining order after Robert was arrested for drunk driving

She explained: “He went to rehab and cleaned himself up. Eventually they started going to church a lot, and he got saved and started changing his life.

“He’s away from drugs now. He doesn’t instill fear in people any more.”

According to Radar, though, Robert was arrested twice in late 2013 for drunk driving.

One day after his first arrest, Nicki’s mom Carol filed a restraining order against her husband, which she was granted and which meant he was unable to contact her or show up to where she was.

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The loss of here father comes just months after Nicki welcomed her first kid with husband Kenneth Petty

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The welcomed a son in September

Carol eventually kicked Robert out of their home, and she found strength in the Christian church and became a domestic violence campaigner, setting up the Carol Maraj Foundation to help other victims of abuse at home.

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Despite the ups and downs of their relationship, Nicki and her dad still reconciled throughout the years and were seen together at various events.

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Earlier last year, Nicki’s brother and Robert’s son Jelani was sentenced to prison after being found guilty of raping his stepdaughter

Cops said he was hit by a vehicle heading northbound in Long Island on Friday before the driver quickly fled the scene of the crime.

Robert was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, though his injuries were too substantial and he passed over the weekend.

The case is currently under investigation by the Homicide Squad.

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The loss of her father comes just months after Nicki welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with her husband, Kenneth “Zoo” Petty.

It was a time of happiness for Nicki after her brother Jelani was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison earlier in the year after being found guilty of raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter.

He was found guilty in January 2020 of “predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child” following his 2017 conviction.

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