The Internet – Even after Nicki Minaj’s alleged boyfriend, Kenneth Petty, was identified as convicted sex offender, Black Barbie is still showing support for her new man. As social media slammed the platinum-selling artist for her choice in companions, Nicki came to his defense.

“He was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship,” she commented. “But go awf, Internet. y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t run ya’ll own life. Thank you boo.”

Nicki continued her social media antics by posting a salacious picture of herself cozying up to Petty.

“Oh they wanna talk?” she captioned an Instagram photo. “Let’s give’m smthn to talk about. *Shania voice.” [Editor’s note: The song “Let’s Give Em Something To Talk About” is actually written and performed by country singer Bonnie Raitt.]

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#NickiMinaj keep em talkin’ then sis ????

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Petty has spent an ample amount of time in prison. In April 1995, the 40-year-old was convicted of first-degree attempted rape and served roughly four years in a New York state penitentiary. After he completed his sentence, Petty was then convicted of first-degree manslaughter later in life and served another seven years until his 2013 release.

Nicki only recently starting sharing photos of Petty. The first one popped up on Instagram late last month.

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You know da phkn vybez 〽️?️ #QGTM

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