Nicki Minaj: Celebrities die because they’re afraid to call an ambulance

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj covers the fall 2014 issue of Fader magazine to promote her upcoming album, The Pink Print. Despite that album title, Nicki has moved to a much more natural look lately. She’s dropped the technicolor locks in favor of more natural hair. She looks like a real person in this shoot instead of someone who fell into a vat of makeup and puff paint. Does anyone remember that puff paint? I practically covered my bedroom walls with it in elementary school.

Nicki’s interview focuses a lot on her recent BET acceptance speech, which you can see here. It was a lengthy speech. The media zeroed in on the part where Nicki shaded Iggy Azalea. Nicki stood there and talked about how her lyrics were authentic, unlike some other ghostwritten female rappers. Nicki then tossed her hair and said, “No shade.” Everyone knew she was dissing Iggy — they have a lengthy history of feuding.

What got lost in coverage of the speech was how Nicki discussed a medical emergency. She had a health scare and was afraid to call an ambulance because she didn’t want to be spashed all over TMZ’s homepage. Nicki reckons that a lot of celebs feel the same way. She tells Fader this and much more:

Her new self-editing skills: “I think early on in my career, I was … I was … just a little bit crazy. I took everything personally. That’s just not good, and it’s not healthy. I think one of my best attributes now, as a businesswoman and an artist and a professional person, is being able to think before I speak. I’ve learned that everything I think doesn’t necessarily need to be stated.”

She didn’t “shade” Iggy at the BETs: “My point of saying what I said was that women need to have a perspective. If we’re out here saying that we’re so confident, and we’re so this and so that, but we don’t even trust ourselves to write down our own thoughts and spit it on a beat? It just doesn’t add up.” Then she launches into a verbal love letter to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill: “I knew those were Lauryn’s words, and it made me fall in love with her mind.”

The health care scare in her speech: “I was making a point to say that the business kills so many people and we don’t even realize it. I can only imagine how many people in this business have died because they may not have wanted to … to be embarrassed publicly. We care so much about what the world thinks that we don’t live, really.” But what had happened to her? Had she fainted or had a panic attack? “I don’t even want to talk about it,” she says, avoiding eye contact.

On leaving NYC: “LA makes me feel good inside. New York is too cold, too rainy, too compact. I ain’t got time for all of that, child.”

Her career tranformation: “My pop music made me have to retell my story, my credibility as an MC. I never thought I would have to explain that. I remember when I started doing mainstream stuff, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, are they gonna like me, or are they not gonna like me?’ At the beginning, I was very nervous. Looking back now, I love that I was pushed to reinvent myself because when I sit back and I really look, I need hip-hop, and hip-hop needs me.”

On her business endeavors: “It’s important that corporate America can see a young black woman being able to sell things outside of music. Every time I do a business venture or something that isn’t the norm for a female rapper, I pat myself on the back. It’s important that corporate America can see a young black woman being able to sell things outside of music A female rapper! With HSN!”

[From Fader]

Nicki makes sense. We really have no idea how many celebrity deaths were a result of not calling an ambulance. That’s a scary topic. Really though, when it comes down to it, what’s more important … saving face or saving your life? It’s difficult to understand that conflict from a civilian standpoint.

Nicki Minaj

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  1. Seapharris7 says:

    I could completely see that happening. And I’m sure many would rather not go to the doctor or call an ambulance because they might be doing stuff they shouldn’t be & despite HIPA laws, that info tends to leak out.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      River Phoenix?

      • Naye in VA says:

        I thought River passed out outside of the club? I could be wrong tho

        OK nvm I see below that nobody around him called and ambulance.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      John Belushi

    • PunkyMomma says:

      Heath Ledger

      • don't kill me i'm french says:

        Trent reznor did an OD in 2000/1 in London and they don’t call the ambulance.They wait to see what happen.He waked up ,he deleted the tour and went in rehab discreetly .He does nothing during 4 years before his comeback.

      • Bridget says:

        Wasn’t Ledger already dead when they found him?

      • PunkyMomma says:

        No. Heath Ledger was alive when his masseuse found him In respiratory distress. The masseuse called one of the Olson twins before someone called 911.

    • Christin says:

      Anna Nicole.

    • CandyKay says:

      Michael Jackson! It took nearly an hour before they called 911.

      • Francis says:

        And sadly he had a doctor in the room.
        Awful Doctor.

      • ol cranky says:

        it took that long because he had a doctor with him who was cleaning things up to hide criminal level malpractice

        To be honest, if it was a fear of calling 911 that played any part in deaths due to drug OD, I’d be willing to bet it’s a fear of criminal penalties that stops/delays those calls (which is why some non-famous people don’t call in similar circumstances), not a fear of ending up on TMZ.

        Too many celebrities like to have it both ways, calling the paps and/or creating all sorts of drama or manufactured controversy to get coverage but then claim their privacy is invaded (or they’re afraid there will be coverage of a 911 call). He claims seem disingenuous to me.

    • K says:

      Whitney Houston.

      • Bread and Circuses says:

        With Whitney, they called the ambulance immediately, but it was too late. She essentially fell asleep in the bathtub.

        It’s a related point, however. So many celebs die because they don’t want the tabloids screaming about them checking into rehab either.

        Most addicts try to hide their addiction from the world, and they can’t get better until they stop, but for celebrities, there’s a double incentive to try to keep hiding it — the very real possibility of public shaming and career ramifications if they put their health first.

      • Dena says:

        And what is so sad is that many people applaud ex-addicts …
        glad that they are drug and alcohol free. Just about everyone loves a comeback story.

    • An says:

      Michael Jackson.

    • Ally8 says:

      River Phoenix, totally. His siblings and friends stood around, with the prospect of embarrassment in the press and trouble with the police more real in their minds than the possibility of death. Such a dreadful waste of youth and talent.

      • blue marie says:

        That’s not accurate, Joaquin called 911 while his brother was having seizures. You can hear the call and even find the transcripts.

    • Bridget says:

      It’s frequently not even the choice of the celebrity whether or not an ambulance is called – many of those examples given (Phoenix, Jackson, Reznor) were people that were incapacitated at the time of their death/OD, and weren’t even capable of making the decision for themselves. After all, if you remember Phoenix’s death, the people around him actually did call 911 because he was ODing, but it was too late. Often these celebrities are relying on the very people who are partying with them and doing illegal (or immoral) activities, and I would imagine that rather than fear of exposing a celebrity, it’s more of a fear of getting in trouble themselves or even worse losing their meal ticket.

      In short, they’re surrounding themselves with a-holes that *won’t* call an ambulance, rather than making a conscious decision themselves not to call.

      • Dena says:

        True. In the city where I lived friends / family would pull the person out of the home and onto a “neutral” place (usually the sidewalk) so that the “overdose” wouldn’t be reported as happening inside the actual house/location. People were more in a self-protection crouch more so than being a good friend in order to avoid the worst of the ramifications to themselves.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      I don’t buy it, most of these people had private physicians filling Rx’s for them, that doctor is a phone call away and discrete. And I don’t care how famous someone is, if they’re dying in front of me, I’m calling 911.

  2. chaine says:

    she’s stunning. glad she ditched all the anime-looking wigs and makeup.

  3. Lady Macbeth (Hiddles F.) says:

    OMG… then I’m so happy I’m not famous or going to be famous ever! At least I can call an ambulance, get drunk or roll over the floor laughing madly without anyone knowing or TMZ reporting it…. Is she serious? That makes me question people, yes..
    ‘Us’ as a herd of people who sometimes admire successful actors or singers who are ‘this’ dumb!

  4. gilmore says:

    I know she can be a little ridiculous sometimes but I like Nicki and this was a pretty decent interview. She’s funny and a lot smarter than I ever thought she would be.

    • QQ says:

      *nods in agreement*

    • Sooloo says:

      Definitely. I always was leery of her in the beginning, then I saw some MTV special detailing her childhood (father was on drugs, regularly stole from the family to buy more, etc.) and it definitely humanized her and made her more apparent as a real person instead of some clownish goon with all the stupid hair and makeup and ridiculous clothing. I still don’t like her music, though (more just that her voice(s) grate on my nerves), but this is definitely a step toward seeing her as the person behind what used to be straight-up buffoonery.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      From what I know about her and people who have worked with her, she is NOT professional in the least. She is a bratty, immature terror. She throws things at people! She seems like she has learned to give good interview, though.

    • kaligula says:

      She’s definitely growing on me. I like how articulate she’s becoming when it comes to navigating the world of media. I always learn from women who can do that.

      That Anaconda video though…. Oh my!!! *blushes*

  5. Regarded says:

    I think it’s really odd how Nicki used her platform as someone receiving an award to “shade” someone else.
    I’m also tired of these celebrity feuds – especially the one between Nicki and Lil Kim, although the fact that feud has even lasted this long is probably Lil Kim’s fault.

  6. Bridget says:

    OT, but I heard the new song with Nicki, Jessie J, and Ariana Grande and I am obsessed. Hands down my favorite song of the summer.

    • Sooloo says:

      I love it, too! “Bang Bang” has been on repeat! This is what true vocalists sound like (*cough*BRITNEY*cough*), heheh.

      • An says:

        As much of a diva that she is, Mariah in the nineties was a sight to behold vocal-wise. And Whitney was The Voice! This new crop of “singers” are all so manufactured, it’s ridiculous.

      • Sooloo says:

        Oh, definitely. It’s like they don’t need the prerequisite stop before studio heads (or whomever doles out contracts) in order to prove they’ve actually got pipes. It’s all about “do you look cute in lolita-esque clothing, are you willing to put your boobs on display and writhe around in videos” and then from there it’s all studio magic.

  7. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    This makes a lot of sense – and her natural colour looks awesome – hope she stays away from the blonde and keeps this look – so much better on her anyways.

    • JennySerenity says:

      ITA. I’ve never like Nicki worth a damn (way too abrasive and aggro for my taste) , but at least she doesn’t sound like a raving lunatic in this article. She does make a good point about celebrities being afraid that their personal business will be outed, re: the ambulance comment. The new, natural look is SO much better than her Bozo the Clown days, she looks very pretty these days. Also, I thought she was pretty decent in The Other Woman; good comedic timing and delivery.

  8. kri says:

    I think she is absolutely right. Whenever a celeb passes away from an OD, there are always weird-half-assed cover attempts. There was a blind awhile back about someone’s asst. finding her lying on the floor seizing. I think the asst. called the ambulance and the star was pissed. Wonder how many times that’s happened? Freaking sad.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      It was Bob geldof’s daughter ( the one who is dead) who after an overdose,yelled to the first aid and “her” friends to respect her private life

      • Bridget says:

        But how much of that was a celebrity not wanting the media attention, and how much was an addict that simply didn’t want to get clean? There’s a huge difference there, and it diverts responsibility away from the addict themselves an onto the media and the hospital institution. “Oh, I couldn’t get help because the media”. That sounds like just another excuse to me.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I’m sure she has a point, but I think anyone who is partying with someone who ODs thinks twice before calling an ambulance. The police get involved, your parents/spouse/boss/neighbors will find out… I’m not saying it’s the same thing, because it probably won’t make national headlines, but I don’t think it’s a reaction limited to celebrities.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      Most celebs are dying from prescriptions from their personal and very discrete physicians, give me a break, this is not a real problem.

  9. Zee says:

    This made me think of how TMZ got ahold of Luke Wilson’s 911 call after he found Owen Wilson who tried to commit suicide. TMZ crosses the line in a lot of situations like that…I’m not a huge Nicki fan, but I like that she writes her own stuff.

    • Peppa says:

      That’s the kind of stuff that grosses me out. I think that a lot of people (not just celebrities or their friends) are probably scared to call 911 about an overdose, and I know there are cases where they dump the person at the ER and run, but I’m sure for anxiety attacks and other very personal issues that celebs can be afraid it will get out. There has to be a line somewhere, and TMZ frequently crosses it. I do try to avoid stuff like that, too.

  10. Hissyfit says:

    Girl, quit lying. It was obvious that shade was for Iggy. I’m so tired of her complaining about lyrics authenticity / song writing as if her songs are deep. Yeah, singing how starships are meant to fly is really deep and inspirational Nicki.

    • Sooloo says:

      But still…at least they’re coming from her own mind. These days artists don’t write their own lyrics, can barely hold a tune, don’t play any instruments, and don’t perform live in concert. It’s all a big joke. Even if she said outright that she was shading Iggy, would it not have been well-deserved? The girl (Iggy) is a freakin’ mess and totally unworthy. I am the first to admit I don’t like Nicki’s music but at least there’s one element of realness to her in writing her own damn songs.

    • Ciria says:

      I agree. It’s so clear she hates Iggy and she should just own it instead of backtracking right now.

    • AlmondJoy says:

      Nicki has written all types of songs, and it’s obvious that you dont listen to her music if the first song you think of is Starships. That was one of her cheesiest, lol. Her underground songs are much better. Sadly though, in the music industry songs like Starships gain popularity while songs with deeper meanings are overlooked.

      • G. says:

        Starships wasn’t good, but otherwise, girl can spit.
        I would much rather celebrate Nicki, who writes her own stuff, than someone who doesn’t.
        And Iggy deserves that shade, honestly.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        +1, Almondjoy.

      • Josefa says:

        Nicki’s earlier underground work is indeed pretty dope. Her rap style reminds me of Left Eye (may she RIP) at times. I actually think the first Pink Friday album was really good, too. It was more pop-like but the songs were really catchy.

      • AlmondJoy says:

        G, I agree!!

        Thanks TOK!

        Josefa, I agree. And that’s a good point you brought up about her sounding like Left Eye at times, never noticed that before!

    • Francis says:

      I think the Iggy feud is actually FAKE. It’s a scam with both in on the pr this feud will bring. JMO

  11. Jen says:

    This is silly, not to mention ignorant. Being embarrassed and worried about your image and “what the world/neighbors might think” is a human thing… not a celebrity thing. I know this for a fact – I work on an ambulance, and requests to respond without lights and sirens “so we dont alert the neighborhood” are not uncommon. Bottom line, if you have a medical emergency, call an ambulance. Your life is more important than what others might think of you.

    • HappyMom says:


    • Kiddo says:

      It’s not silly though, Jen. The coverage of the medical emergency of someone famous is amplified by a million times, even though embarrassment may be a factor in preventing all people from calling. Some people may have a fear of hospitalization or cost. But local papers are not going to be incessantly digging for a deeper scandal of the private person. Although social media can make something explode, it’s limited to parties who know this person.

      • Lady Macbeth (Hiddles F.) says:


        It is silly, when your health comes in second base to what people think you might have, whether you are famous or not. And if famous people are not even calling an ambulance for fear of being papped, I think they show how silly they are.

      • Jen says:

        To me it is silly not to call an ambulance if you legitimately feel like you need one. Screw social media and the news. It’s your life we’re talking about here. I also feel it is silly to measure one person’s embarrassment against another’s. So a little old lady feeling horribly embarrassed being taken out of her house in nothing but her adult diapers and a sheet for the neighborhood to see is not as bad as a news tag line about another celeb being picked up and taken in after exhaustion/fainting/etc? I don’t think so. And yes I do venture to say that non-celebrities have died because they were too embarrassed to call for help.

      • Kiddo says:

        Oh, okay Jen. I thought you were questioning that it was a motive for being dangerously concerned about press. I still think it is a motive, not a judicious one, mind you, but one none the less. We agree.

      • don't kill me i'm french says:

        @Lady Macbeth
        Remember Britney Spears at the hospital or how someone tried to sell her medical file.It was crazy.

      • Josefa says:

        I completely agree. When celebs whine about their lifestyles I’m annoyed, too, but sometimes when I put myself in their position I can somewhat understand their reasoning or some particular subjects. If I had a heart attack because of drug abuse problems I’d be terrified to have my circle of friends know it, I can’t imagine what it must be for news like that to be all over social media, gossip mags and blogs worldwide.

        Of course life comes first, but I can understand why they wouldn’t call an ambulance right away. Plus, they are facing life or death situations. Can’t blame them for not being particularly rational.

      • Josefa says:

        *I messed up and wrote this comment in the wrong thread*

    • Christin says:

      I did not realize until recently that Anna Nicole Smith was ill for at least a couple of days, yet insisted on staying in her hotel room tended by hangers on instead of going to a hospital (because of media coverage).

      She was given meds, ice bath for fever, etc., and ended up being photographed covered up on a gurney going to the morgue instead.

    • maybeiamcrazy says:

      You actually validated Nicki’s comment yourself. If “what would neighbours think” is a reason to not to call ambulance, “what will the public think” is even a bigger one.

      All things aside, it is sad that some people are still trying to saving face even though their lives are in danger. When it is a deathly matter, social media/neighbours don’t/shouldn’t matter.

      • don't kill me i'm french says:

        You’re right sadly

      • TG says:

        I also think it is human nature to resist help. I can’t really explain it but it can be embarrassing to admit in the middle of work or the commute or a movie theatre, etc., that you think you need medical attention. Most people don’t want to cause a huge scene for nothing, at least they are hoping it is for nothing. There is also this sense of giving up control that most people don’t like. Also, calling 911 is a huge deal it is this weird feeling you get involving a third party in your life. My toddler was sick this January. She was in bed and started coughing and couldn’t stop. It was very scary and it seemed like she couldn’t breathe and I remember that moment when I decided to call 911 despite what my husband was telling me. They got there quickly and fortunately by the time they arrived her coughing had subsided and they told us it was likely the croup, something I was not familiar with. The lady on the line was even telling me to take her out in the cold and I wasn’t understanding her because I thought that if a child is sick you don’t want to put them in the cold, but with the croup cold air or a warm moist environment is the best thing for it apparently. We decided since we had bothered to call 911 we should go ahead and take her to the emergency room in case this cough came on again I didn’t want to make the same mistake. It was only the croup, and even though it ended up costing me a little over a thousand dollars, I don’t regret it at all. I would never risk her life. Just a week ago she came down with the same cough and I was prepared this time and no emergency room visits were necessary, but I understand the reluctance to call 911. I can’t tell you how many times I have felt like I might be fainting and have resisted because I didn’t want to cause a scene and overreact. So I can imagine for celebs it is much worse, especially if they are doing drugs or other illegal substances.

      • sigh((s)) says:

        Ugh. Croup is terrible. My son had it earlier this year and scared the crap out of me. He woke up one morning and started coughing and wheezing horribly. He has a lot of bad allergies so of course we’re thinking he’s having an attack and we’re going to have to epi pen him. We got some benadryl in him and it opened up his airways enough so he could breathe til we got to the doctor, but it was scary. I almost called 911. At least now we have a nebulizer if it happens again.

    • I’m with Jen on this one. I work at the end of the ambulance ride to the hospital, and believe me, there are JUST as many “normal” people who don’t call ambulances as there are famous. Denial, the culture of certain generations, fear of police….normal people do the same thing. It’s not so much that celebrities are likely to not want to call for help, as it is celebs with “issues”. An emergency is an emergency.

      What is she referring to that she didn’t want to talk about? Whatever it is, it clearly scared the bejesus out of her. Scared the makeup and hair right off of her. And that’s actually a good thing. She looks great.

      • Kori says:

        In addition to cost and feeling like you’ve wasted someone’s time if it turns out to be nothing. I know some people who have avoided going to the ER because ‘they’re sure it’s nothing’ and don’t want to to be taking time away from the really sick people. Luckily, none of them have died but on a few occasions they made themselves much sicker than if they’d just gone in earlier.

        But my roommates in college still make fun of me (funny in hindsight) over an accident I had in college. I had a cute little scooter and went around a rain-slicked corner (not even fast) and the wheels went out from under me. Wham! Hit the ground (and luckily I was wearing a helmet). A bunch of cute fraternity guys were playing lacrosse on their lawn and witnessed the crash (and me almost get run over by the cars turning after me) and came running over. They were white as ghosts and were like ‘do you need help?’ ‘do you want to come in?’. My first response? ‘I’m fine’ because I was just so embarrassed. (Don’t ask me why–stupid teenager.) I just hopped back on my scooter and went back to my dorm. My roommates came home soon after with me still sitting there with my helmet on, bruised and bleeding and dragged me to the ER. (With me still saying I’m fine because I didn’t want to be a bother.) Bumps and bruises were mild but I did have a concussion. But I would’ve died if the frat boys had insisted on bringing me in and calling an ambulance because I felt like a big idiot. Stupid.

        So multiply that by a thousand (or more) since no one would give two snaps about getting photos of me or information on the incident or gossiping about what it was if news got out of the visit. I can see why celebrities are reluctant even if it does seem ridiculous on its face.

      • Peppa says:

        I can see how that would happen. It is a human nature thing. I think celebrities are dumb NOT to call an ambulance, but I hate to see paps swarm hospitals and splash personal medical stuff across TMZ. My neighbors are the exact opposite. In the 7 years I have lived in my house, they have called an ambulance 10 times. It is two adults in their fifties and three teenage kids with no medical issues. Their one son fell on ice and twisted his ankle, they called for an ambulance. Their other son split his lip with a bat, they called for an ambulance. My neighbor felt lightheaded and winded after coming down the stairs, they called for an ambulance. Their daughter was bit by a spider, they called for an ambulance. Every time I see an ambulance pull up in my neighborhood, I assume it’s for them. I wonder if this is common? Does 911 have them flagged, lol?

      • jwoolman says:

        Cost is the major issue for the non-celebrities. Many people are stuck with $5000 deductibles that they can’t afford (barely making it through the normal bills each month, plus the huge insurance premiums can easily be 30-50% of your income or more). So a $1000 ambulance ride would just toss you into big debt by itself, then the ER will spend thousands of your money in a few minutes. I was paying for a policy that promised 100% after the deductible, but the insurance company simply refused to pay a lot of it, claiming that it was “priced too high for the region” or “not medically necessary”, as if I had any control over what the hospital did or charged under the circumstances. The system in the US is ridiculous, but that’s why people are afraid to call 911. Even a routine visit to a doctor puts you into debt around here- costs $100 just to say hello to my doctor, then everything else is charged separately. So you can be easily wiped out by relatively minor medical expenses and yet not be quite poor enough for government assistance.

    • here's Wilson says:

      +1 on the social status calls…I know emts who turn it up when this is requested :/

  12. T.C. says:

    ” I took everything personally. That’s just not good, and it’s not healthy. I’ve learned that everything I think doesn’t necessarily need to be stated.”

    Based on her recent social media and VER awards speech, she still takes everything personally and says things before thinking. This interview seems to be not that honest.

    I am so glad she is using her natural hair now but those split ends have to be cut honey. Her nose job looks even more fake now that the glown hair and makeup are gone. She is so much prettier with her natural nose.

    • ORLY says:

      Or maybe she had a lot more on her mind than what she actually says.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      “Based on her recent social media and VER awards speech, she still takes everything personally and says things before thinking. This interview seems to be not that honest.”

      I agree.

  13. Cupcake says:

    When I saw the title, I LOLed. If you don’t want to be “found out” don’t do illegal stuff, cheat on your spouse, etc. No one is immune to the consequences of doing wrong, be it celebrity or unknown. For the average person maybe it’s just your spouse or family finding out the truth about you and for a celebrity the scale is larger, but ultimately it’s the same thing – the truth coming out. If a celebrity is so narcissistic that even as they lay dying they can not overcome their vanity than I only blame the celebrity.

    • Cheryl says:

      Also a bit confused. Health issues are not how I’d describe drug-induced medical distress.

      • don't kill me i'm french says:

        Everyone wants to save the face in front oof the family,the neighbours,the colleagues then imagine the celebrities.

    • Bridget says:

      Well, it is embarrassing when people find out you’ve been hiding an addiction, and it’s especially embarrassing when it turns out what you’ve been hiding is also illegal and could send you to jail. But I’m pretty sure thatembarrassment isn’t exactly the primary motivator.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      I know, if it’s a legitimate health crisis, no one will be scandalized by TMZ unearthing it, not that they should. It’s just a BS argument all the way around, celebs die because of prescription drugs all the time but somehow they can’t receive discrete medical care because the masses of asses are super nosy. Fake first world problems.

  14. ctkat1 says:

    I thought that when Heath Ledger died- if I remember correctly, he was found still breathing but unconscious by the massage therapist, who called one of the Olsen twins rather than 911. The Olsen twin called her security detail to go check on Heath Ledger, rather than calling 911. By the time 911 was called, he was already dead- had those people called 911, rather than trying to handle his drug overdose privately (because the only reason they didn’t call for an ambulance was to try and cover the drug use), who knows what the outcome would be?
    It seems so crazy that people wouldn’t call for an ambulance in these type of circumstances, but I have heard so many celebrity 911 tapes that I can see why celebrities (or more likely, the people around them) are hesitant to call, whether it is drugs or a medical condition- each can be detrimental to a public image and a career. When the people around you are making a living based on your ability to earn money, damaging the earning potential might take priority over health.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      Spot on. Heath was alive. He could have been saved.

    • eliza says:

      People forget how that Olsen twin was indirectly involved in Heath’s death. You are right, he would more than likely still be alive today IF just one person in that chain of idiots had done the right thing.

    • Bridget says:

      But that wasn’t Ledger not calling 911 out of fear of embarrassment (as he was unconscious), that was Mary Kate Olsen trying to hide her own drug addiction, and the consequences of that. That was an addict not wanting to be caught.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      We have no way of knowing if he could have been saved. He was killed by a fatal drug interaction and earlier CPR intervention may not have made any difference. That being said, 911 should have been called immediately when he was found and there is no excuse for any other course of action.

  15. Lia says:

    Perhaps, if they weren’t doing stupid things ( like drugs and heavy drinking) that might require the services of an ambulance, they wouldn’t be afraid to call one when they needed it.

  16. Kim1 says:

    I agree with her.Of course it happens with non celebrities but it’s not covered on TMZ,tabloids and gossip blogs.
    My aunt refused to call 911 when she was raped because she was embarrassed people in her small town would find out.
    I have no doubt celebrities have been beaten or raped or overdosed and police was never called.
    I heard rumors had a miscarriage.
    If that is the case I wouldn’t want the idiots at TMZ discussing it.

  17. Joh says:

    I just can’t
    She is selling records.
    She will probably die when the fat injected in her butt Frits down to her ankles when she hits 50

  18. Josefa says:

    I like what she says about her lyrics. Yeah, they are no poetry or anything to be too proud about, but most pop stars nowadays can’t even do that. I like Nicki a lot, I think for the most part she makes a lot of sense in her interviews and is a lot smarter than people think. Sadly, every once in a while her sanity goes to hell and she vomits total nonsense (and I’m not talking about her lyrics). Anyway, Nicki’s cool. In the worst of cases she’s at least entertaining.

  19. Illyra says:

    This reminds me of something I heard a long time ago about how women are more likely to choke to death than men, because women will leave the room out of embarrassment trying to clear it privately, and it doesn’t always work.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      Women are more likely to die of a heart attack than men because we fail to recognize the symptoms (hello, Rosie!) and don’t seek proper medical attention quickly enough.

  20. Jayna says:

    I really enjoyed her interview, and she looks so pretty. I love the cover shot, the hair all full and wild blowing back. It’s nice to see a cover photo where the person’s face isn’t airbrushed to oblivion.

    She is a smart girl. She’s changing her persona up before she becomes stale. She’s evolving. Gaga is still changing into four crazy outfits a day. Does anyone really care anymore? I feel numb to Gaga with her dizzying amount of changing of bizarre outfits

  21. gorilla says:

    i cant believe someone would buy any of her stuff
    who has time for that?

  22. Naddie says:

    She has a point about the 911, but when it’s about drugs and alcohol I do not sympathize. And, she fell in love with The misedication of Lauryn Hill.. I see too many bad “artists” quoting great ones as inspiration, yet they make a shitty work. Listen more of Lauryn, Nikki. Listen it 24/7, maybe you will get a little bit close to what music is.

  23. Dear Diary says:

    Her album cover’s atrocious. I’m no prude but it’s really too much.

  24. Meg says:

    I always thought it was odd that heath ledger’s maid who found him unresponsive called security first instead of 911-she must have been told earlier to do that in case the situation came up in the future which is an odd thing to tell a new employee, ‘if you find me unresponsive don’t call 911, i’m a celebrity.’ why would i find you unresponsive? If he has nothing to hide why tell an employee this?

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      I’m sorry but what kind of moron calls a rent a cop or an Olsen twin instead of a paramedic if they find someone near death? Criminally negligent stupidity.

  25. Absurdist says:

    “[M]ore natural hair.”

    More natural-looking hair, anyway. It may be human hair, yes, but unless she’s found a stylist that has the greatest growing hand in history…

  26. Angie says:

    I think something happened to this woman that brought her right back down to earth. She went through something, and it made her completely transform, in a good way. It isnt just in the natural hair/less makeup/more genuine image, either; she’s genuinely digging down a lot deeper than she ever did before. Cant help but wonder if it isnt the incident she doesnt want to talk about. Im not really a follower so my observations are totally peripheral, but that only makes me think it’s that much more sincere.

  27. Christina says:

    River Phoenix is a good example of this. While he did actually die on the sidewalk outside of the Viper Room..he was displaying signs of distress for a while inside and no one did a thing. People saw him in the bathroom vomiting and saying, “I took too much”…they did nothing. He was slouched in a hallway visibly ill, people walked by and over him. He got up and went to the table where his friends and siblings were and was obviously not ok. They went outside , he collapsed and his brother called 911 FIVE minutes later. He might have been able to have been saved if people acted like humans instead of celebs or celeb ass kissers. If someone is having an overdose , you call 911 period. Do not listen to a junkie tell you not to call. .celeb or not.

  28. Tammy says:

    Celebrities are not the only ones that will not call or permit others to call for ambulances during medical emergencies, non-celebrities are guilty of this also. Excuses range from fear shame, cost, criminal activities and etc.