''It Was the Scariest Thing''
3:30PM ET January 26th, 2013
Contributor : Erica Moore
A Rocky Williform Company
Nicki Minaj got a hard lesson in cultural differences when she visited Dubai. The Young Money rapstress explained to late night host Jimmy Kimmel how close she came to getting arrested--for giving a stranger a hug.
"I was in Dubai, yup, mmhmm," Nicki said. "You know what? I almost got in so much trouble because the guys in Dubai are sooo cute, it's not even funny and, yes, [laughs], and so, it's one of the rules, you can't hug a man there if you're not married to the man and so when we were leaving, there was this one guy who was so freaking cute, I was just like, 'Byeee' 'cause I just wanted to have this one last moment to like, savor the moment with him. [laughs] I didn't know that he was a cop because they don't have like a police [uniform], it was just a private airport, so they were just dressed in their regular garments and I went to give him a hug and I almost felt like, literally, time stopped in Dubai."
"I felt like everything froze and every single person turned in slow motion like, 'Noooooooooo' and everybody on my team thought I was about to be put in jail. [For hugging?] Yes. It was the scariest thing. He kinda put his arms up a little bit and cracked a nervous smile and I was just like, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry!' and I just left."