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Cardi B was in the middle of her headlining set Saturday night at Rolling Loud in Los Angeles when her estranged husband, Offset, tried to win her back with a dramatic gesture in front of the entire festival — and failed.
Hours after Offset posted an extremely public apology in a pleading video to his Instagram, the Migos rapper showed up at Rolling Loud — where he was met with a chant of “CARDI TAKE OFFSET BACK” the night before — with a lavish floral arrangement that spelled out TAKE ME BACK, CARDI.
Offset strolled out holding a bouquet of white roses, and the cringe-worthy display of affection only went further south from there: Cardi, caught by surprise and uncomfortable, exchanged a few brief words with him in private, as the production crew clearly picked up on the tension and cut Offset’s mic before the crowd could hear him.
CARDI B MADE OFFSET LOOK LIKE A FOOL LMAO pic.twitter.com/v4JPYLHVKU
— emily nunez (@nunezemilyy) December 16, 2018
After it was clear that he wasn’t going to be getting the spotlit reconciliation he’d hoped for, the crew dimmed the lights so that Offset and his flowers could be quietly removed from her stage. (Billboard has reached out to Rolling Loud for comment.)
Cardi B announced earlier this month that she and Offset were splitting up following cheating allegations. He has since expressed his dismay over the situation on Twitter and Instagram, and Cardi made a point to address her fans after the Rolling Loud incident. She stressed that making him feel worse by piling on him online is unacceptable: “Violating my baby father is not going to make me feel any better, because at the end of the day, that’s still family.”
“God could bring me the most perfect and glamorous and fabulous man,” she said in a later post. “That perfect, glamorous, fabulous, perfect man is not going to love my child the same way her father loves my child. So I don’t like that bullshit. I know how painful it is when you have millions of people bashing you every single day. I don’t like that. And it doesn’t make me feel any better. Period.”
Watch Cardi’s video, below.
Rolling Loud has released the following statement regarding the incident:
Regarding last night at #rollingloud LA. We love you @iamcardib pic.twitter.com/PVGpPMxFI7
— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) December 16, 2018
Updated 5:58 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16: Added Rolling Loud’s statement.
A version of this article originally appeared on Billboard.com.
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