Desk news:

Nicki Minaj was released from custody on Saturday, just hours after being arrested by Dutch authorities on suspicion of exporting soft drugs. The rapper was fined and permitted to “continue her journey,” according to a translated police statement on social media.

Minaj, 41, was en route to Manchester, England, from Amsterdam for a concert on her “Pink Friday 2 World Tour” when the incident occurred. Performing under her real name, Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, she was set to take the stage at Manchester’s Co-op Live arena on Saturday night. However, Live Nation UK announced that the concert had to be postponed.

“Despite Nicki’s best efforts to explore every possible avenue to make tonight’s show happen, the events of today have made it impossible,” the company stated. “We are deeply disappointed by the inconvenience this has caused.” They assured ticket holders that their tickets would remain valid for the rescheduled concert.

While police did not disclose the identity of the person arrested, a spokesperson confirmed the detention of a “41-year-old American woman at Schiphol Airport for possession of soft drugs” when asked if it was Minaj.

In a social media post early Sunday local time, Minaj shared that she had arrived at her hotel in Manchester about an hour prior. “After sitting in a jail cell for 5-6 hours, my plane still didn’t take off for another 20 minutes once I boarded,” she recounted regarding the 50-minute flight from Amsterdam.

“Please, please, please accept my deepest and most sincere apologies,” Minaj wrote. “They sure did know exactly how to hurt me today, but this too shall pass.”

The rapper expressed hopes to announce the rescheduled date for Saturday’s show on Sunday. She mentioned considering new dates in June and July.

Minaj confirmed she would still perform her second show in Manchester on Thursday, as well as her show in Birmingham on Sunday.

“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 who had a ticket for this show. Promise,” she assured her fans.

– Minyvonne Burke