R&B singer Kelis and rapper Nas were once a power couple of sorts. They were married after a two-year relationship, and stayed together for five years after. When Kelis filed for divorce on April 30, 2009, she cited "irreconcilable differences."​

Now, almost exactly nine years later, Kelis has opened up on the nature of their relationship leading up to their divorce, which apparently included a lot of "mental and physical abuse."

Speaking with Hollywood Unlocked, over the course of their hour-long video interview, Kelis details their marriage as "really dark," with lots of drinking and "getting high a lot." 

When interviewer Jason lee asked her if Nas was ever abusive, Kelis remarked, "We would fight, so I’m not—I never, like, just sat there... but we would definitely fight." 

"Did he hit me? Mhm. Did I hit him back? Mhm,” she added. “It was because he would black out. He would drink too much, he drank way too much, he will never admit it… There are times that we would party and I would drink with him, but then he would keep drinking. And so a lot of the stuff, he may not remember."

The "Milkshake" and "Bossy" singer remembers seeing the photos of Rihanna bruised from her relationship with Chris Brown, and thinking, "I had bruises all over my body at that time, like that day." 

"I remember being in Atlanta, sitting in the kitchen, and I was like, ‘Do I?’ And I wasn’t ready to walk. I just wasn’t," she continued. "So I didn’t say it.”

"I’m not weak but I’m really private. I don’t like people knowing my business," Kelis continued. "I felt like, ‘This is my partner. I chose this. We’re gonna do this, we’re gonna make it work.’”

She later revealed it was her pregnancy with their son Knight that eventually convinced her to leave in 2009, because she didn't want to "bring a child into this.” 

"I probably would have stayed longer had I not been pregnant [with Knight]," she said, "because I really did love him and because we were married. We weren’t dating, we were married. Like, this was my person.”

She concludes, saying she waited nine years to say anything because of her kids. “The amount of airing out that I could do, and I’ve chosen not to" she explained. "Our kids will find out. They’re finding out now."

Kelis is happily remarried now. She married real estate agent Mike Mora back in 2014, and had another son, Shepherd, who is now two years old. “I moved on,” she said. “I’m married. I have another baby. My life is good.”