Nicki Minaj is officially off the market. The rapper has married Kenneth Petty, 41, after less than a year of dating. Minaj, 36, announced the news on Monday evening in an Instagram post. Minaj has referred to Petty as her husband for months, but official confirmation that the two tied the knot came on Monday, October 21, in an Instagram post. Minaj captioned the post, “Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty 10•21•19.” The video shows matching “Mr. and Mrs.” mugs and black and white baseball caps with “bride” and “groom” written across the front.
The couple’s relationship has been under scrutiny since the pair first went public. Petty, who also goes by the nickname, Zoo, has spent time in prison for rape and for manslaughter in the past. Minaj has passionately defended her husband on social media when he has come in for criticism from her followers. When Minaj first announced that they were together, the Queens rapper disabled the comments on her Instagram page.
Minaj has never married previously. Between 2000 and 2014, she was in a relationship with Jamaican rapper Safaree Samuels. In 2015, Minaj began dating rapper Meek Mill. The pair called it quits in 2017.
Petty and Minaj obtained their marriage license at a Beverly Hills Courthouse in late July. They then had 90 days to tie the knot.
In an October 20 interview with The Shade Room, Minaj shared of her wedding, “We’ll definitely do the paperwork portion of the marriage, but the actual wedding, I don’t know. You know when you’re a little girl and you want this big beautiful wedding, and I used to think I was one of those girls, I always wanted the fairytale. But then the things that used to matter to you don’t matter as much because I remember wanting those things with people, where real love wasn’t there. So now I feel like now that everything has finally lined up and matched up being that I’m madly in love with this man, he’s also my best friend, the things that used to matter to me before, don’t matter as much now. So yes, we’re going to have a big wedding eventually.”
Here’s what we know:
1. Minaj Has Defended Petty’s Rape Conviction by Saying, ‘He Was 15, She Was 16’
Petty is a registered sex offender in the state of New York. His rap sheet also includes convictions for manslaughter and attempted rape.
Records indicate that Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in April 1995, for a crime that took place in September 1994. At the time, he was 16. He ended up serving four years in a New York state prison for the crime. A “knife/cutting instrument” is cited as the weapon used during the attack.
In the comments section of an Instagram that Minaj posted in December 2018, one user wrote, “Wait, y’all calling this man a rapist but it happened in 1994, meaning he was 16 or 17 and the girl was a 16-year-old.”
Minaj responded to the comment, writing, “he was 15, she was 16… in a relationship. But go awf, Internet. y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life. Thank you boo.”
2. Petty Shot a Man 3 Times in the Stomach in 2006, Killing Him
In June 2006, according to the DOC website, Petty pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He served seven of the ten years.
He was released in May 2013.
In December 2018, law enforcement sources reportedly told TMZ that Petty “rolled up on Lamont Robinson one early morning in April 2002 and opened fire on him on a street corner in Queens, NY.”
TMZ goes on to write, “We’re told Petty drove to the crime scene with a group of cohorts, hopped out of the car, walked across the street where Robinson was hanging out, pulled out a gun … and shot him in the stomach 3 times. Our sources say he then fled in the vehicle with the group.”
The victim, Lamont, reportedly only survived for a “short time.” Police visited him in the hospital, where he nodded towards Petty in a photo lineup.
3. Petty Is Father to 5 Children
In December, TMZ reported that Nicki and Petty “already had the marriage and baby talk” after just a couple months of dating. At the time, a source shared with the outlet that Nicki was serious about having children. Minaj has spoken in the past and wrote the song, “All Things Go,” about having an abortion as a teenager. In December 2014, Minaj told People Magazine that she was “haunted” by her choice but that was “contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child.”
TMZ reports that Nicki “feels Kenneth has changed for the better since he was young.” Multiple reports have said that Minaj and Petty have known each other since both were teenagers.
4. Petty Was in Trouble With the Law Again in March 2019
In March 2019, Petty was in trouble with the law again. TMZ reported that Petty had pleaded guilty to the aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. The news site said that Petty was pulled over after running a stop sign on Long Island. When he was pulled over, officers discovered that Petty was driving on a suspended license.
Media Take Out reported in December 2018 that Petty was attempting to become a music executive on the strength of his relationship with Minaj.
5. They Became Instagram Official in December 2018
Minaj made her relationship with Petty official in December 2018.
In September 2019, the rapper said she was retiring from music to have a family. She wrote on Twitter, “I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, in the box—cuz ain’t nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE.”
One day later, Minaj took to Twitter once more to write, “I’m still right here… Still madly in love with you guys and you know that. In hindsight, this should’ve been a Queen Radio discussion and it will be. I promise u guys will be happy. No guests, just us talking about everything. The tweet was abrupt and insensitive, I apologize babe.”
In January 2019, Minaj joked with a fan on Twitter saying that she and her husband had six three or four times per night. Minaj was responding to a fan who said she thought Petty and Minaj had sex at least six times. Minaj tweeted, “6 is a bit much sis.”
In December 2018, Petty got Minaj’s birth name, Onika, tattooed on his neck. Minaj wrote in the caption of her Instagram post, “Did ya tat hurt zaddy? ? his first tat- frontin like it didn’t sting ? #Onika #HeavyOnIt ?? #SuperSleezy 〽️??.”
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