Missy Elliott spoke candidly about her mother’s abusive relationship in the past and how she vowed to save her mother if she became successful in music.

On Sunday, the “Work It” artist revealed on Twitter that her mother’s struggles were her motivation after a fan asked what inspired her to work in an androcentric industry, HipHopDX reported.

“I wanna know like what inspired her and what was her drive to remain persistent in a male-dominated industry at the time,” the fan tweeted.

Elliott responded to the inquiry and praised other prominent women in the music industry who overcame tough times in their own lives.

“I seen many strong women in the industry be4 me that made it through & my mom was in a abusive relationship so I told her I would make it so I could get her out of that situation,” the 51-year-old tweeted. “[And] I would make sure she’d never have to work again that’s what really kept me going.”


Throughout her career, the Grammy Award-winner has never shied away from transparency. From her weight-loss journey to managing life with Graves’ disease, the Virginia native remains positive.

Blavity reported the rapper tweeted encouraging words in 2021 to those who may have needed to hear them.

“You may be feeling a lil depressed because everything you been trying to do is taking so long to happen… Don’t give up on your IDEAS or your VISION just KEEP WORKING & when the TIME IS RIGHT everything will ALIGN up for you & you will be HAPPY you didn’t Give up,” the Supa Dupa Fly rapper wrote.

Social media users applauded Elliott for the uplifting words, and the musician responded to some fans who opened up about their struggles.

“Hey always be mindful the tongue is powerful if you keep thinking it will never happen then you bring that energy in your space so try to speak goodness over your life,” she wrote.