Nicki Minaj arrested days before London O2 Arena show

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Nicki Minaj's latest show has been postponed after she was arrested in the Netherlands yesterday (May 24), just hours before the concert at Manchester's Co-op Live Arena. She was detained at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport after police reportedly found drugs in her belongings.

The American singer and rapper filmed her encounter with the force on social media. In the video posted, an officer can seemingly be heard telling her: "You are under arrest."

Dutch police later said a woman, 41, was arrested after allegedly trying to take soft drugs from Schiphol Airport to another country. An update at around 9pm said officers had released the "suspect and she can now move on".

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Nicki Minaj has announced that the London concert at The O2 will go ahead as planned -Credit:Getty Images - Derek White

In a message on X, formerly Twitter, the singer revealed she had arrived at her hotel in Manchester early on Sunday morning after spending a few hours in a cell. She wrote: "Thank you to everyone who prayed for me today, may God cover you and all that is connected to you, may you be blessed beyond your imagination."

Despite being released, Nicki Minaj was not able to go ahead with her show. A new date for the show should be announced on Sunday.

She added: "One July option and one June option is currently being discussed. I’ll find a way to not only make up the date with the performance but I’m going to create an added bonus for everyone that had a ticket for this show, promise."

The 41-year-old also announced she would continue with her scheduled shows, including at London's The O2 on Tuesday, May 28. However, many fans due to attend the Manchester show expressed their frustration at the situation.

Frankie Harper, 20, from Andover, Hampshire, told the PA news agency: "[I’m] distraught to say the least. it definitely hurts more that it was on my birthday. Not sure what happens with the £100s that you spend on a train and hotel."

Nord Herida, 23, who lives in Barnsley and travelled an hour to attend the concert, said he had felt before the postponement that his time was "being wasted" inside the arena. He added that his friend had travelled four hours from Ipswich to get to the gig and that they had been waiting since 1pm at the arena.

He stated: "[I’m] pis**d not [going to] lie, they have taken this long to tell us. Like I work, I can’t just take a day off."

Fans were let into the venue on Saturday evening, although the Trinidad-born artist was detained. The show was eventually cancelled, but she appeared on the balcony of her hotel once she arrived in Manchester and thanked those who had come.

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