Pop star Nicki Minaj has shot down rumours that she is “openly bisexual”.

The star, who has been linked to fellow singer Rihanna, said people were “thrown off” by the fact she embraces gay culture.

When asked if she was bisexual by Q magazine, she said: “That’s definitely not true…”

She added: “I say whatever I want in my songs and just leave it at that. I guess some people are thrown off by me embracing gay culture, but I don’t feel the need to explain that. Unless someone asks me a specific question.”

Earlier this year, the star claimed she had a gay boy living inside her.

She said: “Roman’s a little gay boy who lives in me.”

“Every time I talk he sort of just appears and I tell him, ‘Roman, you know, stop it, you’ve gone mad, I tell you, mad.’ He’s an outlet to say what I need to say but sometimes don’t want to.”