Cardi B gets candid about her decision to stay with fiancé Offset amid cheating allegations

Cardi B isn't holding anything back.

Rocking a sexy Mugler bodysuit with silver Dylanlex earrings and sparkly boots by Nicolas Jebran, the "Bartier Cardi" rapper stuns on the cover of Cosmopolitan's April issue. In her accompanying interview with the magazine, the 25-year-old Bronx, New York, native gets candid about her engagement to Offset (from the rap trio Migos), and all the rumors surrounding the current status of their relationship.

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Cardi B seemed to be the happiest girl on the planet last October when Offset asked her to marry him while the two were performing in front of a crowd of nearly 20,000 during the Power 99 Powerhouse concert in Philadelphia. But since then, fans started speculating that their engagement was on the rocks, alleging that Offset was being unfaithful to his bride-to-be. However, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper made it clear on Valentine's Day that they were very much still together, gushing over their "REAL relationship, not relationship goals."

"It's like everybody is coming down my neck like, 'Why are you not leaving him? You have low self-esteem,'" Cardi tells Cosmopolitan. "I don't have low self-esteem… I know I look good. I know I'm rich, I know I'm talented. I know I could get any man I want -- any basketball player, football player. But I want to work out my s**t with my man, and I don't got to explain why."

"I'm not your property. This is my life," she continues. "I'm going to take my time, and I'm going to decide on my decision… It's not right, what he f**king did, but people don't know what I did, 'cause I ain't no angel."

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Cardi says everybody seems to get "bothered about everything" these days, but she's not changing -- for anyone.

"Everybody got different beliefs and different religions and were raised differently, yet you also supposed to be careful you don't offend somebody," she dishes. "Everybody got a f**king opinion about you. If I change myself, then I'm going to lose myself, and I won’t be who makes me happy."

Back in the day, the entertainer made her "money moves" by being a stripper, a job she has no shame discussing whenever she's asked about her rise to stardom. "People say, 'Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it.' Because y’all don't respect me because of it, and y'all going to respect these strippers from now on."

"Just because somebody was a stripper don't mean they don't have no brain," she adds.

Cardi B appeared on another cover late last month, absolutely slaying her photo shoot for the new CR Fashion Book Issue 12. She was interviewed by Zendaya for the outlet, where she got real about the highs and lows of fame, even admitting that she was "a little bit happier" two or three years ago before she became a rap superstar.

"Well, one positive thing [about fame] is that, my family, whatever they want, they get," she explained. "Everything that I want to buy, I can get. I don't have to worry so much about my future."

"[But before fame] I had less people who had opinions about my life," she continued. "I felt like my life was mine. Now I feel like I don't even own my life. I feel like the world owns me."

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Cardi B attends 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination', the 2018 Costume Institute Benefit at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Cardi B attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - April 28th, 2018 - A pregnant Cardi B performs at the Broccoli City Festival at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. She recently announced that due to her pregnancy she was cancelling her remaining tour dates until her fall tour with Bruno Mars. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PREMIOS BILLBOARD DE LA M�ICA LATINA 2018 -- Pictured: Cardi B backstage at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV on April 26, 2018 -- (Photo by: John Parra/Telemundo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PREMIOS BILLBOARD DE LA M�ICA LATINA 2018 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cardi B, Offset backstage at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV on April 26, 2018 -- (Photo by: John Parra/Telemundo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
AMHERST, MA - APRIL 25: Cardi B performs at the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst in Amherst, Mass. on April 25, 2018. UMass Amherst students won a Tinder swipe-off competition and received a free Cardi B concert on campus. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 24: Cardi B is seen on April 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 22: Cardi B performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 22, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 22: Cardi B performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 22, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Cardi B performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Cardi B attends CARDI B 'Gold Album' Release Party at Moxy Hotel on April 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Cardi B seen in Manhattan on April 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Cardi B visits Music Choice at Music Choice on April 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0846 -- Pictured: Co-Host Cardi B on April 9, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1742 'Chadwick Boseman' -- Pictured: Musical Guest Cardi B Performs 'Be Careful' in Studio 8H on Saturday, April 7, 2018 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1742 'Chadwick Boseman' -- Pictured: Musical Guest Cardi B Performs a Medley in Studio 8H on Saturday, April 7, 2018 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 7: Cardi B performs at E11EVEN MIAMI on April 7, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for E11EVEN MIAMI)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 7: Cardi B performs at E11EVEN MIAMI on April 7, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for E11EVEN MIAMI)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Recording artist Cardi B attends her Silent Listening Party on April 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 11: Cardi B accepts Best New Artist onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 11, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 11: Cardi B performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 11, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Cardi B (L) and Offset of Migos attend the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Cardi B attends GQ's 2018 All-Stars Celebration at Nomad Hotel Los Angeles on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Cardi B attends Romeo Santos In Concert at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Cardi B attends the Marc Jacobs Fall 2018 Show at Park Avenue Armory on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Recording artists Offset of the group Migos and Cardi B pose backstage for Prabal Gurung during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Hip-hop artist Cardi B is seen leaving the Christian Siriano fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Grand Lodge on February 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Rapper Cardi B attends the Christian Siriano fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Grand Lodge on February 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 03: Rapper Cardi B attends the 2018 Maxim Party co-sponsored by blu February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for blu)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Cardi B arrives at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Cardi B poses backstage at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Cardi B arrives at the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala on January 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Cardi B attends the Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Party in association with V Magazine on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images )
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Cardi B attends Calibash Los Angeles 2018 at Staples Center on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for SBS)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 09: Hip hop artist Cardi B attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball at the Air Canada Centre on December 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 07: Cardi B at Eden Roc Hotel on December 7, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Cardi B attends the MOBO Awards at First Direct Arena Leeds on November 29, 2017 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 22: Cardi B arrives at E11EVEN on November 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for E11EVEN)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Cardi B attends BACARDI presents Dress To Be Free with performances by Cardi B and Les Twins at House of Yes on October 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Cardi B performs at the Dress To Be Free Halloween Party at House Of Yes on October 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Cardi B attends the 3rd Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Cardi B attends the 3rd Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Rapper Cardi B is seen leaving the Blonds fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Cardi B attends the Nylon REBEL Fashion Party at Gramercy Park Hotel on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Cardi B attends NYLON's Rebel Fashion Party, powered by Land Rover, at Gramercy Terrace at Gramercy Park Hotel on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Rappers Offset and Cardi B are seen leaving the Helmut Lang Seen By Shayne Oliver fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Cardi B seen at a music studio in Manhattan on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Rapper Cardi B attends the Fenty Puma by Rihanna show during New York Fashion Week at the 69th Regiment Armory on September 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Danielle Brooks, Cardi B and Leslie Jones pose backstage for the Christian Siriano fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 59 on September 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 03: Rapper Cardi B at 2017 LudaDay Celebrity Basketball Game at Morehouse College - Forbes Arena on September 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 03: Cardi B attends Luda birthday celebration at Compound on September 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Rapper Cardi B performs onstage during the 2017 Budweiser Made in America festival - Day 1 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 2, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 30: G-Eazy surprises fans at Blue Nile on August 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana, with an intimate performance of his new album, joined by musical friend Cardi B. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Bud Light)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Cardi B arrives at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Cardi B performs during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26: Recording artist Cardi B arrives on T-Mobile's magenta carpet duirng the Showtime, WME IME and Mayweather Promotions VIP Pre-Fight Party for Mayweather vs. McGregor at T-Mobile Arena on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Showtime)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26: Cardi B performs during the BIG3 three on three basketball league championship game on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/BIG3/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 25: Cardi B poses backstage during rehearsals for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 25, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
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