Like her song goes, Nicki Minaj can now say she has Kenneth “Zoo” Petty “right by my side” forever.
The rapper is now married to Petty after less than a year of dating. She announced the news via a short Instagram video, with a simple caption of emojis and Monday’s date, presumably when they tied the knot. Wedding accessories, like mugs saying “Mrs.” and “Mr.,” and caps for the bride and groom are seen strewn across a table.
Celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Winnie Harlow have already congratulated the couple in the comments section.
The Rap queen recently shocked fans by announcing her retirement from music, saying she was going to focus on family.
Prior to their marriage, the provocative 36-year-old known for hits like “Super Bass” had been engaged to the music executive.
“I’ve decided to retire & have my family,” tweeted the wildly successful rapper raised in the New York borough of Queens.
“I know you guys are happy now,” she continued. “To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, X in the box – cuz ain’t nobody checkin me.”
“Love you for LIFE.”
The surprising news fueled pregnancy rumors that had already been swirling since June after she appeared on a late-night television show and opted against drinking.
She went Instagram-official with her partner Petty in December 2018, after rebooting the relationship decades after they were involved as teenagers.
The rekindled romance raised eyebrows considering Petty’s criminal past: he is a registered sex offender in New York and was convicted in 1995 of attempted rape.
Minaj dismissed criticism of her new relationship, saying “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.”
Minaj’s profanity-laced lyrics, skin-baring music videos and unique, animated flow first catapulted her to fame in 2010.
Known for her bold sartorial style that includes neon costumes and wigs, Minaj — whose hits include “Starships,” “Bang Bang” and “Anaconda” — is considered one of rap’s most influential female artists.
The Grammy-nominated artist born in Trinidad and Tobago cites Foxy Brown and Jay-Z as major inspirations, and has crafted a lightning-speed sound distinctive for her use of alter egos and accents, especially British cockney.
She’s “a sparkling rapper with a gift for comic accents and unexpected turns of phrase,” wrote a New York Times critic in 2018. “She’s a walking exaggeration, outsize in sound, personality and look.”
“And she’s a rapid evolver, discarding old modes as easily as adopting new ones.”
Her brash personality and penchant for controversy also made Minaj a tabloid regular, especially for a feud at a Fashion Week 2018 after party that saw rap rival Cardi B throw a shoe and allegedly attempt to fight Minaj.
Cardi B later said Minaj had dissed her aptitude as a mother.
The rap queen’s retirement announcement was a particularly surprising turn of events as Minaj has been quite active in music this summer
Last month, she appeared in rising star Megan Thee Stallion’s song “Hot Girl Summer.”
In June 2019, she released a single entitled “Megatron” and said she had a new studio album in the works, which would be her fifth.
But Minaj is no stranger to spectacle, and some fans wondered on social media whether her retirement announcement was but a marketing strategy ahead of an album drop.
“Nicki minaj is deadass lying watch her drop a whole new album featuring Rihanna,” tweeted one user.