Nicki Minaj thinks she has ''bigger balls'' than boys do.

The 'Starships' singer - who is renowned for her raunchy lyrics about sex - claims she will no longer refer to female genitalia in her songs because she can use alternative words, but will continue to swear because male rappers such as Eminem do.

She said: ''Am I determined to out-curse the boys? Yes. Definitely. That's why I say stuff like, 'D**k in your face', because I don't even wanna refer to female genitalia.

''I just feel I have bigger balls than the boys. I used to see Eninem in concert and people were bringing their Little Brother or whatever. Nobody stops them and say, 'Would you stop swearing Eminem, for loads of money?' I don't get it.

''On the one hand you have people saying, 'We want her to be hard and raunchy and explicit,' and on the other hand there's, 'Nicki Minaj, would you stop swearing for the children please?' It's like, what do you want me to be? How many different people can I f**king be?''

Despite her openness to cursing, Nicki admits she is ''very strict'' on youngsters close to her and will never allow them to swear because it would ''upset'' her.

She added to The Guardian's Weekend magazine: ''I don't want children cursing. I'd be very upset. I don't want children cursing. I'm very strict on my nieces and my little brother. They have to listen to clean versions of music. Even my music.

''If you asked any adult, 'Would you like your children knowing every part of your life and speaking exactly the way you speak when you talk to adults?' They'd say, 'No'. So I'm a firm believer in children remaining children.''