Cardi B has opened up about not being able to afford food and travel expenses while she was at college.
In a recent Elle interview with Democratic nominee for POTUS Joe Biden, Cardi B – real name Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar – said she “couldn’t afford” college expenses.
If I get elected president, anybody with a family [that makes] less than $125,000, you’re going to get free education. And everybody gets free community college.
Cardi B took the opportunity to open up about her time at Borough of Manhattan Community College, before eventually dropping out:
I’m from New York, and when you’re in high school or middle school, they give you a free MetroCard for you to be able to get to your school, and they gave me free lunch.
When I was in college, I didn’t get any more [free] transportation. So I had to get a job, because I needed $5 every single day to be able to go from Washington Heights to Chambers Street.
Almánzar revealed the struggle was so real that she often skipped meals due to a lack of money and was “starving” as a result:
I had to feed myself. Sometimes I had to wait from 1pm all the way to 9pm to get home to eat. Because I couldn’t afford McDonald’s or any restaurants on my break.
I was starving, and I felt so discouraged. So I just feel like that is so important, to finance students while they’re in college.
She then took Biden to task over how he planned to pay for free college education.
The Presidential nominee responded:
The way we can pay for all of this is doing practical things, like making sure that everybody has to pay their fair share. [For example] no corporation should pay less than 15 percent tax.
Fans of the rapper praised her for being so candid about the struggles she faced in accessing college education:
Well said, Cardi.
The US election is due to be held on 3 November.