Nicki Minaj has announced that she’s married her partner, convicted sex offender Kenneth Petty.
The rapper and her beau, who has been convicted of manslaughter and registered as a sex offender, have tied the knot less than a year after their romance began.
She’s long referred to him as her “husband”, but she announced last night that it’s official by telling the world she’s changed her name.
Nicki, 36, whose real name was Onika Tanya Maraj, took to Instagram to share a video clip of a mug with the word ‘Mrs’ written on it next to a white baseball cap that said ‘Bride’, a mug that said ‘Mr’ and a black cap that reads ‘Groom’.
She captioned it: “Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty 10•21•19”
After announcing her new name and the date she became Mrs Petty, Nicki’s fans and famous friends rushed to congratulate her.
Model Winnie Harlow commented: “So happy for you Mrs.Bride you deserve all the happiness in the world”
While Christina Aguilera said: “Congrats queen!”
Back in August, on her Queen Radio show, Nicki revealed she’d filed for a marriage license and would wed in the next 80 days.
She said: “We still had to pick it up and I was traveling, by the time I came back, we had to renew it again.
“From that time, you have 90 days to get married. That was about a week ago, so now I have about 80 days.”
She added: “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.”
But Nicki said she couldn’t wait to become Mrs Petty.
She said: “I’m very happy about that because my baby makes me so happy.”
The couple have been dating since 2018 and went public with their romance on Instagram in December.
It’s believed that Nicki met Kenneth when they were teenagers and living in Queens, but that they didn’t pursue a romantic relationship until they were adults.
The star has faced some criticism for her romance with Kenneth, who has been convicted of manslaughter and registered as a sex offender.
But she’s made it very clear that she doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.
Defending him in an Instagram post, she wrote: “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.”
TMZ reports that Kenneth spent seven years behind bars for first degree manslaughter, which he pleaded guilty to after initially being charged with second degree murder.