Former American idol judge Nicki Minaj is pregnant. The rap star made the announcement with a series of striking photos featuring her pregnant belly posted to Instagram on Monday (July 20). She used the hashtag #preggers.
This will be the first child for Niki, who married Kenneth Petty last October. Speaking out about her relationship with Petty, Nicki previously said, “I think I have what I was striving for, just happiness. It was so hard to get to a happy place. Now that I’m there, I don’t want to compromise that for anyone or anything.”
However, Petty has a sketchy past. In April 1995, he was convicted of attempted rape in the first degree and reportedly served four years in New York state prison.
“He was 15, she was 16. In a relationship,” Nicki wrote on social media in 2018. “But go awf Internet. Y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life. Thank you boo.”
Petty was also sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2006, after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter in a separate case. Well, then.
Back when Nicki was still a single lady, she sat on the American Idol judges panel for one ill-fated season in 2013. Keith Urban and Randy Jackson stayed out of the way as Nicki and her fellow panelist Mariah Carey traded snippy passive aggressive insults. Those were the days!
In any case, congratulations to Nicki. She’s been trending at No 1 on Twitter all day.
Check out the photos below.
Alongside the last photo Nicki posted, she wrote “And finally, the Virgin Mary by #DavidLaChapelle”
“Love. Marriage. Baby carriage,” wrote Nicki. “Overflowing with excitement & gratitude. Thank you all for the well wishes.”