Nicki Minaj Met Her Husband Kenneth Petty When They Were Teens — and Now They’re Parents Together

She’s a family woman! Nicki Minaj married the love of her life, Kenneth “Zoo” Petty, on October 21, 2019, after one year together, and now the couple has welcomed their first child. Us Weekly confirmed the rapper gave birth on September 30, 2020, and they shared the first photos of their adorable baby boy in January 2021. But how exactly did Kenneth and Nicki meet? Keep scrolling to learn more about the new father.

Kenneth and Nicki Met When They Were Younger

Nicki met Kenneth when they were growing up in New York. “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 song “Zanies and Fools.” In February 2019, Nicki admitted there is a lot of history between the pair. “He’s known me since I was 14,” she said on her Apple Beats1 talk show, “Queen Radio.” “There’s a different level of passion and friendship with him.”

Nicki Minaj Red Hair and Silver Outfit With Husband Kenneth Petty
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During one of the episodes of her show, Nicki also recalled the time when Kenneth got into a fight with her ex-boyfriend when they were in their teens. “I said be nice, I said we are not beating the s–t out of people,” she said in August. “That was my first love, babe. You need to stop. That was a couple of years into the relationship, that is why I was clarifying it. I think I was on my last year of school when you saw me at the bus stop, sweating me, but then our lives just took completely different turns.”

The Pair Debuted Their Relationship in December 2018

The brunette beauty uploaded two photos of herself with her man during a trip to Turks and Caicos in December 2018. “Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing happens? … It’s no secret … that both of us … are running out of time,” she captioned the snaps. In another photo, she took a mirror selfie with her beau. “Oh, they want to talk? Let’s give them something to talk about. *Shania voice,*” she wrote.

The Couple Got Their Marriage License in June 2019

Well, they got their first marriage license. They picked up their second one in August 2019. The Grammy nominee revealed their mishap the first time around when they didn’t walk down the aisle fast enough. “We still had to pick it up, and I was traveling, by the time I came back, we had to renew it again,” she said on August 12, 2019. “From that time, you have 90 days to get married. That was about a week ago, so now I have about 80 days.”

Nicki explained that their first ceremony would be small, but they would have a bigger party down the line. “I have to work on my album, and I have a lot to focus on that I don’t want to do the big wedding now. We’ll do the big wedding later,” she said. “I’ll be married before my album comes out but will have my wedding after the album comes out. Before the 90 days is over, yes, I will be married.”

Nicki’s Been Talking About Babies for a While

They were only married for one day when Nicki first hinted that she wanted to start a family. “For the record: that was iced tea in the lobsterita glass,” she wrote in June. “No alcohol was consumed in the making of our dinner date.” Fans speculated that Nicki might have a bun in the oven when she rapped, “He the Clyde to my Bonnie, ‘bout to walk down the aisle and be a mommy,” on her song “Zanies and Fools.”

In September 2019, she said she was “retiring” so she can “have a family” — and though she’s still in the music game, it seems she was serious about that goal. In February 2020, she and Kenneth sparked pregnancy rumors when fans noticed he couldn’t stop rubbing her belly. At the time, she played it off, but now it seems she really was pregnant. On July 20, she shared a photo of her pregnant belly on Instagram, confirming that a baby Barb is on its way. “Preggers,” she captioned the shot with a yellow heart.

Nicki Announces Pregnancy With Baby No. 1

The “Barbie Tingz” rapper revealed she was expecting baby No. 1 with Kenneth via Instagram in July 2020. “#Preggers [yellow heart emoji],” she captioned a photo of herself showing off her baby bump in a bikini. They welcomed their first child in September 2020 and in October 2020, she revealed they are parents to a baby boy.

Kenneth Has a Criminal History

Kenneth is a level two registered sex offender in New York, and he was convicted of one count of first-degree rape. Kenneth was arrested on September 16, 1994, by the New York City Police Department Sex Offender Unit for having “sexual intercourse” with a 16-year-old female, according to New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services files obtained by Radar Online. Additionally, Kenneth pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2006 after he shot a man named Lamont Robinson in 2002. He spent seven years in prison and was released in 2013.

But the “Megatron” rapper has stuck by her man through it all. “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,” she wrote in December 2018.

The legal trouble didn’t end there, though. On March 4, 2020, he was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender in California after he relocated. Kenneth moved to California in July 2019. After a traffic stop in November 2019, he was arrested and released and faced charges from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, In Touch confirmed. After months passed and he still hadn’t registered, he was indicted by federal prosecutors on February 25, 2020.

Later in March, he finally joined the California sex offender registry after he turned himself in. A source told In Touch he entered a not guilty plea, and E! reports his court date was set for April 28, though Bossip says the federal government pushed to delay it due to the coronavirus outbreak. It seems he’s still waiting for his day in court, but there’s no doubt his wife is by his side.

Nicki and Kenneth are looking ahead to their next chapter. Keep scrolling to see Nicki’s baby bump photos and see the first photos of her son.