Nicki Minaj Apologizes for Postponing Concert After Being Jailed in Amsterdam ‘5 to 6 Hours’

LOS ANGELES - JUL 9: Nicki Minaj at the Barbie World Premiere at the Shrine Auditorium on July 9, 2023 in Los Angeles, CA — Photo by Jean_Nelson/Deposit Photos

Nicki Minaj offered “sincere apologies” to fans after her concert in Manchester, England was postponed Saturday night because police in the Netherlands discovered marijuana in her bags and detained her for “five to six hours.”

Minaj, 41, was traveling from Amsterdam to Manchester for her Pink Friday 2 World Tour.

The rapper took to social media on May 25 and shared a series of posts, saying she was stopped at the airport in Amsterdam just as she was about to board a plane for Manchester.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Minaj said police told her “they found weed” and that officers from a different division would have to “come here to weigh” the substances.

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Dutch police issued a statement to NBC News saying Minaj was being held on suspicion of “possessing soft drugs.”

“The Netherlands government website says it’s illegal for individuals to possess “more than 5 grams of cannabis (marijuana or hash).”

Police later released a statement saying the rapper “was fined and can continue her journey.”

Minaj, 41, shared in a lengthy post on X that she sat in a “jail cell for 5-6 hours.” She added in the post that officials in Amsterdam did a “big song & dance” to make her late for her concert in Manchester.

The rapper offered her “deepest & most sincere apologies” for postponing the Saturday night concert, and said it would be rescheduled with an “added bonus” for fans who had tickets to the May 25 show.

The “Super Bass” artist later let fans know she had arrived in Manchester. She shared which hotel she was staying at, and said she would come out on the balcony to say hello.

Minaj is scheduled to perform tonight in Birmingham, England and has additional performances in the U.K. over the next few days.

Throughout the weekend, the rapper reposted tweets about American R&B singer Ari Lennox, who said she was arrested at Amsterdam’s airport in November 2021. Lennox, who is Black, accused airport workers of “racially profiling” her.

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