Azealia Banks Opens Up On Troubled Past: “My Mother Told Me I Was Ugly”

Published: Thursday 16th Aug 2012 by David

Sassy, might be one word to describe Rap upstart Azealia Banks, rising to mainstream notoriety with the potty mouthed smash ‘212‘ earlier this year.

Renown for her ‘outspoken’ approach to her craft and social media, this month saw the star grace ‘Dazed & Confused’ with a controversial spread.

Controversial, not by way of its suggestive cover, but via comments made by Ms. Banks on her troubled childhood.

Details below…

She explained:

‘We grew up in the hood, but we had some money. But I moved out when I was 14 to go live with my older sister, because my mom just had, well… issues.’

After my dad died, my mom became really abusive – physically and verbally. Like she would hit me and my sisters with baseball bats, bang our heads up against walls, and she would always tell me I was ugly. I remember once she threw out all the food in the fridge, just so we wouldn’t have anything to eat.

It was like growing up a feral child, being raised by this person who was always yelling and screaming, hitting you and dragging you around and ****.

Granted, she never had any drug or drinking problems – her house was clean, her hair was always done, and we had stuff – but she still ****ed me up real bad.

Then on her sexual history, she disclosed:

‘Growing up I was so curious about boys. I just loved them.

I’d always get my recesses taken away for letting boys touch my butt in the lunch line I got in trouble for fooling around in school a lot.

I just wanted to be touched, ya know?

I just wanted to have sex.

My mom was always working so there was never anyone around to tell me no.’

For what it’s worth, we think Azealia’s beautiful.



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  1. ILOVEKELLY August 16, 2012

    oh gives a f***..other people got worst problems.. these celebs like use the sympathy card

    • FAF August 16, 2012

      AN UGLY FLOP..

  2. coco August 16, 2012

    Maybe her mom meant, that her big mouth was ugly…i’ve seen ugly and she ain’t ugly, but when she constantly is getting into fights with ppl, it kinda makes her look ugly.

  3. RealShyt August 16, 2012

    Her mother didn’t lie! moms are always right!

    • Jen August 16, 2012

      Yea I’d have to agree with her mom lmao

    • Kangarilla August 16, 2012

      I agree too 🙁 I mean, it’s not so much a physical type of ugly to me though. It’s just an internal ugly that presents itself way too often through her attitude and behavior.

      • FAF August 16, 2012


  4. Viciousss August 16, 2012

    That’s a shame and it happens to so many. so many black families go through abuse and neglect because they don’t want to get the professional help needed to work through their problems. She sounds like another lost child who’s Mom needed to take out her pain on someone.

    Smh, not sure how I feel about the s** comment. It sounds like what I get from her persona now. She just wants the attention good or bad she’ll take any she can get. I just hope some dude doesn’t emerge to spill all the details of their s** life, I hate when that s*** happens.

    I’m still not 100 with her but I do hope she has some commercial success with her music and can pull back with her mouth a little.

    • dezi August 17, 2012

      Who made you the spoke person for other black families? Dysfuntion runs rapid in all RACES so with that said many families go through abuse and neglect. Pink grew up in a dysfunctional house-hold but i bet you wouldn’t fix your lips to say that it happens to so many white families because they don’t want to get the professional help needed to work through their problems. Because as we all know and can see whites are thought of as individuals and are judged on the basis of individuality. A black girl tells a story of abuse and the generalizations start as usual.

  5. Jen August 16, 2012

    Her mother should have also told her she was a flop and a trouble maker…

  6. DOSSOME August 16, 2012

    does that explains why she is always fighting??like i always said,i’m only gonna support this girl when she behaves like a professional coz she already has talent

  7. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) August 16, 2012

    I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but this new information explains A LOT! She obviously has some internal problems that she needs to take care of, so from now on I guess I could even give her a pass for her Twitter feuds. 😎

  8. Truth(theREALISTubitch) August 16, 2012

    Well b**** it aint like she lied…u ugly s*** startn b****

  9. Love Bug August 16, 2012

    Explains why she always lashes out her attitude make her look ugly

  10. hi August 16, 2012

    are you guys f****** serious? shes pretty its just her snappy attitude that ruins it.

    • Nicki Killer August 17, 2012

      Do you walk around with a white stick and a guide dog? looks like her momma was smoking a crack pipe when she gave birth to that thing cos it sure as hell done something to that baby when she was born HAHAHA

  11. IT’S TEAM LIL KIM BITCHHHHHH August 16, 2012


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  13. monstarebel August 16, 2012

    That’s horrible how can you have children and treat them like s*** smh I see were alot of this girls pain comes from xoxo

  14. EH August 16, 2012

    I was feeling bad when i was reading about her mother, then I read the s** comment and thought……..why did she even say that? She should’ve kept that to herself.

    • Nicki Killer August 17, 2012

      Cos she’a an attention w****!

  15. me August 16, 2012

    a lot of people who did not receive love from mom or dad growing up become hateful, resentful and just sad people. i think that explains her hate and trouble. i was thinking earlier this week that i think she has issues but hey success and kindness are the best revenge. when u hate ppl, u hurt urself so u might just as well decide to live in love and happiness and joy.
    you cant give excuses forever. move on and be a better wife and mom for ur kids in the future

  16. Bhive August 16, 2012

    i love azalea, and obviously she rock she is my FAV

  17. Rum & Coke August 16, 2012

    Having a f***** up child hood doesnt give her an excuse to be the attention seeking b**** she is today. Shes a grown ass woman, she can find a therapist.

    • Nicki Killer August 17, 2012

      She’s an attention w****!

  18. Suicide Blonde August 16, 2012

    And your mom was right.

  19. letruth August 16, 2012

    People always quick to judge. She can do whatever the fxk she’s wants. Don’t like her, don’t follow her.

  20. plastic August 16, 2012

    I mean who’s shocked ???? Did her mother pull that hair off them side tho

  21. Musiclova101 August 16, 2012

    I like azealia….she is to early in the game to start this s***,she should wait until until she’s Nicki status then she can throw all the tantrums she wants !

  22. ENOUGH ONIKA August 16, 2012

    Idk what’s wrong with this site but there’s so much hostility and evil. I don’t care for her music or her irate twitter fights with everyone, but damn, this girl opened up on something very traumatic for her which truly affected her and had a big part in shaping who she is and most of ya’ll f*ckin agreeing with her moms abuse?! You guys are more sick than her mom. I wonder what issues you’re dealing with that makes you laugh and smile at someone who was abused… Sam, you need to reinvent this site because you really set this awful tone for TGJ with your constant shade and biased posts..

    • Nicki Killer August 17, 2012

      Sams familey dont want her gay a*** they kicked her out on the street when she was 13 and she had to work them thats why she is so bitter like a bag full of lemons!

    • Stans Make Me LOL August 17, 2012

      @ENOUGH ONIKA I agree.
      If Sam wants his blog to appeal to the masses, he needs to re-brand and start blocking some of the comments/ users, because from the majority of comments that I have seen on this post I am 100% sure that a lot of the TGI readers have limited educational and social skills.

    • D.A. August 26, 2012

      It tells you alot about someone when they are okay with abuse towards someone else, especially domestic violence. TGJ has some of the same commentors from TMZ.

  23. Team Azealia #kuntbrigade August 16, 2012

    I’m gone f****** kill yo moma ugh you so pretty, don’t nobody ever come for the queen!!

    • Nicki Killer August 17, 2012

      Get a life!

  24. MRDIVABITCH August 16, 2012

    Well…she is ugly…and ghetto…she looks like a third rate stripper at a ghetto tity bar. The kind they put to dance during lunch hours when there are almost no clients.

    • ENOUGH ONIKA August 17, 2012

      You’re probably really ugly. No, I KNOW you’re ugly. Physically attractive people don’t tear others down by physical appearance because they don’t have a need to do it to feel good about themselves like your gay ass. I bet you resemble a bonobo. B*tch.

  25. Sammi August 17, 2012

    Why do people in the media think in order to relate to us common folks, they always have to tell the I-was-abused-as-a-child story. I mean that sh*t is getting so old now.

    • Nicki Killer August 17, 2012

      Cos she’s an attention w****!

      • OMG A SITE FULL OF C**** August 17, 2012

        Nicki said she was abused to but just a diff way….mentally.

      • Nicki Killer August 17, 2012

        Heres hoping HAHAHAHAHAHA

      • Jetpack Johnny October 26, 2012

        Cause they’re lying? Being called names isn’t abuse! Those of us that have been abused by actual abuse like punching a 10 year old, or slamming a 6 year old into a bath tub or throwing an 8 year old across a 15 foot wall Into a brick fireplace IS abuse, anyone who says being called names is abuse is a liar a wuss and shouldn’t steal oxygen from those of us that have the right to live

  26. OMG A SITE FULL OF C**** August 17, 2012

    Well, her mother know what she was talking about cause she still ugly inside and out . i mean come on ur doing a magazine photoshoot and blowing up a condom? I guess she will be replacing rihanna…..not in fame or fortune but being a h**.

  27. MusicB August 17, 2012

    Some of you all are so wrong and I hope you all don’t ever have kids. Our childhood affects each and every one of us. If we want to believe it or not, that’s up to us. I can now see why she had the attitude that she has. She’s ISN’T ugly and is very talented. When someone is constantly being told something over and over, they start to believe it themselves and it’s takes awhile to get over it. I’m glad she didn’t let her mother’s negative ways detour her from her dreams in life.

    • Jetpack Johnny October 26, 2012

      Her tude is ugly, she wasn’t abused! Get over it you whiny baby!

  28. Jetpack Johnny October 26, 2012

    She is ugly, she needs to quit telling Pete she was abused, until she reveals one of her parents picked you up threw you into a wall, then slammed you head first into a bathtub at 6 years old for something you didn’t do, then you can talk of abuse! Otherwise grow a pair and get the f*** over yourself

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