“Nicki Minaj is still with her man,” a source close to the artist reportedly said. “It’s just business as usual for her highness as she prepares to release new music.”
Fans began speculating whether Nicki split from husband Kenneth Petty after she replaced “Mrs. Petty” with “Barbie” and “YIKES” on Instagram and Twitter, respectively. Her last posts were shared on February 29 and included two selfies where she says nothing while making faces at the camera.
— YIKES (@NICKIMINAJ) February 29, 2020
Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in 1995 and went on to serve nearly four years in a New York state prison. Petty was arrested in March for failing to register as a sex offender in the state of California but officially registered later that month.
Shortly after, talk show host Wendy Williams slammed Nicki for marrying a sex offender and claimed it ruined her image.
“You should’ve never married him because now you’ve ruined everything about what your brand could be,” she said on her show. “Again, you are never going to stand a chance when you are with a man who pulls a knife at rape point. A registered sex offender, you are never going to stand a chance with the public.”
Nicki and Petty tied the knot last October.