Since giving birth to daughter Kulture Kiari, Cardi B has been living her best life. Unfortunately for the rest of us, though, those hoping to see the new mom perform “Bodak Yellow” live while on tour with Bruno Mars this fall will have to put a pin in that dream for now. In a statement she posted on Instagram Thursday night, Cardi announced that she’s decided to pull out of the 24K Magic World Tour, which is set to kick off in Denver in early September.
“As of today, I’ve decided I won’t be joining Bruno on tour this Fall. I thought that after giving birth to my daughter that 6 weeks would be enough time for me to recover mentally and physically. I also thought that I’d be able to bring her with me on tour, but I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing. Not only am I just not ready physically, I’m not ready to leave my baby behind since the doctors explained it’s not healthy for her to be on the road,” the rapper wrote in her announcement, which comes just about two weeks after she and husband Offset welcomed Kulture on July 10. “I hope you guys understand that this decision has been the hardest to make but I have to do what’s best for myself and my baby! Thank you Bruno for being so supportive and understanding.”
Bruno posted his own “message for Cardi” on Instagram on Thursday, confirming that he is, indeed, being very supportive and understanding about his “Finesse” feature’s decision. “Most important thing is you and your family’s health. I know the fans will understand. You are absolutely doing the right thing. I also know we’ll share the stage when the time is right,” he wrote. “We love you Cardi and we will play Bodak Yellow every night in your honor. Please give your baby girl a hug from me and a hug on behalf of everyone on The 24k Magic Tour. Love, Bruno.”
Cardi B has previously spoken about her desire to maintain her career while also expanding her family with Offset. In an April interview on radio show The Breakfast Club, shortly after revealing her pregnancy during a performance on Saturday Night Live, she defended moms who choose to continue working. “It just really bothers me and it disgusts me because I see a lot of women online like, ‘Oh, I feel sorry for you. Oh, your career is over,'” she said. “As a woman, why can’t I have both? Why do I gotta choose a career or a baby? Like, why can’t I have both? I want both.”