Who is Nicki Minaj dating? Nicki Minaj, known for her song “Super Freaky Girl,” will do two things at the 2022 MTV VMAs on August 28. The Queens native will co-host the Video Music Awards and receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for her “outstanding contributions and profound impact on a music video and pop culture.”
Minaj might bring her husband Kenneth “Zoo” Petty, with her if she walks the red carpet with someone. Minaj has always stood up for her high school sweetheart in the press. When their first child was born during the lockdown, Minaj became a mother.
Here’s a look at how long the rapper and her husband have been together.
High school sweethearts in the late 1990s
Minaj and Petty are both from Queens and went to the prestigious and arts-focused LaGuardia High School in New York City for high school. Minaj confirmed in Chance the Rapper’s song “Zanies and Fools” that she met Petty when she was 17: “I met my husband when I was 17 out in Queens/If you love it, let it go, now I know what that means/While he was up North for a body/I bodied everybody and got known for my body,” she raps on her verse.
TMZ says that Minaj began dating Petty when she was 16 and that he was “one of her first loves.” Around this time, Petty got into trouble for the first time. In 1995, he was found guilty of first-degree rape. Since then, Minaj has come out in his defense, saying that Petty was dating the victim and that the victim’s mother didn’t like their relationship.
In New York, Petty had to sign up as a level two sex offender because of the conviction. Later in 2006, he pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and served seven years of a 10-year prison sentence.
2018–2019: Rekindled Love
Minaj and Petty lost touch for years after their youthful romance. Minaj dated Safaree Samuels for 14 years till 2014. Minaj dated Nas and Meek Mill. On her 36th birthday, Minaj introduced Petty on Instagram. “Did you ever leave that place where nothing ever happens?” Minaj wrote, referencing Adele’s “Hello.” … It’s apparent that we’re running out of time.”
Minaj has responded to fans’ disapproval of Petty’s history. In 2018, Minaj said, “He was 15, she was 16… in a relationship.” Internet, however. My life isn’t yours. You can’t manage your life. Thanks, boo.” She focused on her then-loyalty boyfriends on her Queen Radio program.
When a person is with an n— who loved them before they had a dime? How can you not understand? “How do you not comprehend happiness vs. clout?” she reportedly said.
October 2019: Wedding.
Minaj announced their marriage license in June 2018. I’m happy. Getting joyful was hard. After calling Petty her spouse in March, she remarked on her Apple Beats 1 show, “Now that I’m there, I don’t want to compromise it for anyone or anything.”
Minaj announced their marriage on Instagram with her full name on Oct. 21, 2019. “Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty 10-21-19,” the caption stated. According to People, Minaj “wanted to keep her nuptials low-key.” She talked about her happiness on Young Money Radio with Lil Wayne on Apple Music.
“I didn’t expect it to be so refreshing and calming,” she remarked. Even if you’re not married, having a soulmate or someone who understands you makes you feel on top of the world.
Minaj often defends her marriage, despite her happiness. Wendy Williams addressed Petty’s criminal record in November 2019. Williams stated on the show that he served seven years in prison and was a sex offender. Is manslaughter murder? Okay, he killed and was sex-offending. Congratulations, Nicki.”
They celebrated the baby’s birthday in 2021.
Minaj has not yet revealed the name of her child. She frequently refers to him as “Papa Bear” in captions, even though this is merely a nickname. In 2021, she stated that she contemplated the name “Ninja” for her son’s given name, but she remains unconvinced. “Do you know what his intended name was? “I believe I may still alter it,” she said.
The Family Love Continued in 2022
Petty was sentenced to three years of probation in 2022, after moving to California with Minaj, for failing to register as a sexual offender in the state. Minaj has remained by his side throughout 2022, beginning with this March post to showcase her family.