Nick Minaj, 29-year-old New York genre-bending rapper, recently spoke about how the church saved her family, and how God is her hero.

Minaj, who recently released her second studio album titled, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” spoke with The Guardian magazine about how her parent’s violent marriage was saved after they began attending church.

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In an interview on “Nightline” earlier this month, Minaj said she wanted to kill her father Omar when she was a child due to his abusive past as a drug addict.

“I wanted to kill [my dad]. I used to wish he was dead,” Minaj said in the interview. “We were afraid for my mother’s life because whenever he would have a real bad outburst he would threaten to kill her.”

He’s still with my mother. He went to rehab and cleaned himself up,” Minaj said. “Eventually they started going to church a lot, and got saved and started changing his life. He’s away from drugs now. He doesn’t instill fear in people anymore. Before cancelling her twitter account the star communicated with her followers her daily inspirations.

The entertainer tweeted John 3:16 to close to 8 million followers: “For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten son; that whosoever believeth in him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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