Nicki Minaj, 37, has welcomed her first child with 42-year-old husband Kenneth Petty.
The Anaconda singer gave birth on Wednesday in Los Angeles, according to a dependable source. The gender of the child and the name have not yet been made available.
The 37-year-old performer announced in late July she was pregnant and has since shared photos of her baby bump on social media.
Prior to their marriage and pregnancy, Nicki shocked fans by announcing she was retiring from music to start a family.
‘I’ve decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me … Love you for LIFE,’ she tweeted in September 2019.
She later walked back her statement while responding to a fan’s tweet.
‘I’m still right here. Still madly in love with you guys & you know that. In hindsight, this should’ve been a Queen Radio discussion & it will be. I promise u guys will be happy. No guests, just us talking about everything. The tweet was abrupt & insensitive, I apologize babe.’
Her husband was likely by her side during the delivery as in August it was reported that Petty was allowed to travel with Minaj ‘periodically on business trips as her manager,’ which will ensure he is present when she goes into labor.
Other pretrial conditions will stay in place, meaning Petty cannot use illicit substances and he will continue to wear an ankle monitor.
Petty is currently awaiting trial after being arrested for failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to California to be with the Move Ya Hips rapper.
He submitted a request to alter his pretrial release conditions, which only allowed him to travel within California, as we reported previously.
Petty told the judge at the time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and pretrial services had no objections to the request, but still needed a judge’s approval.
Kenneth was required to register as a sex offender in California because he was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in 1995.
In March he was arrested by Federal authorities for failing to register. Shortly after, he pleaded not guilty and was released on a $100k bond.
We congratulate Nicki Minaj on the great news of her delivery and wish her and the baby a great deal of blessings.