The rumors have been confirmed. 37-year-old Nicki Minaj is pregnant with Kenneth Petty’s baby.
The “Anaconda” rapper confirmed that she and her husband are expecting their first child on her Instagram on Monday, July 20, with a photo of her baby bump. ” #Preggers.”
The “Super Bass” singer captioned the picture, which showed her in a yellow wig and a floral swimsuit as she cradled her belly.
The confirmation comes after rumors that Minaj was pregnant in June 2019 when she and Jimmy Fallon ate dinner at Red Lobster, where she used to work at.
“For the record; that was iced tea in that lobsterita glass. No alcohol was consumed in the making of our dinner date,” Minaj said at the time, which led fans to think that she and Petty were expecting a baby.
Minaj trolled fans in May 2020 when she tweeted that she had been experiencing signs of pregnancy. “Lmao. No throwing up. But nausea and peeing non stop. Omg what do u think this means guys???? Lmaooooooooooo,” she wrote at the time.
Minaj went on to tweet that she wouldn’t post a baby bump photo for a “couple months.” “The world ain’t ready yet,” she wrote.
Minaj and Petty married in a secret wedding in October 2019. The two first dated as teenagers before they reconnected in 2018. “Nicki is absolutely head over heels in love with Kenny,” a source told Us Weekly at the time. “She fell hard and fast. She hasn’t smiled this much in a long time.”
Nicki Minaj first opened up about her desire to be a parent in a 2014 interview with Complex. “[My biggest fear] is that I’ll become so consumed with work that I’ll forget to live my personal life to the fullest,” she said at the time.
“If I’m done with my fifth album and I don’t have a child by then, no matter how much money I have, I would be disappointed, as a woman, because I feel like I was put here to be a mother…”
Also she added, “I definitely will be married before I have my baby. I want to make sure I do it in that order. I’ve always felt like that since I was young; my mother always put that in my head….”