Minaj first dated Kenneth “Zoo” Petty while she was a teenager, and they later got married in 2019. Additionally, the “Super Bass” singer gave birth to her first child in October 2020, and this summer, she tweeted that she was putting the finishing touches on her fifth album.
Minaj, whose net worth is now estimated at $84 million, revealed her marriage to Petty in October 2019. He had been “a really significant force in my life,” she stated in a February 2020 interview with Queen Radio. I’ve known him since I was 17, and with him I feel a level of ease that I haven’t felt before to simply be myself and to convey who I am.
However, Minaj, 38, may have to change her strategy now that Petty is potentially facing a 10-year jail sentence for failing to register as a sex offender in California.
Petty, 43, entered a guilty plea on Thursday during a virtual hearing in the Central District of California U.S. District Court, which has jurisdiction over both the central and southern regions of the state, according to People.
Intriguingly, Petty’s hearing took place on the same day that Minaj tweeted that she was canceling a scheduled appearance at the Video Music Awards on Sunday and will explain “another day.”
Petty’s most recent legal issues started when the Beverly Hills Police Department pulled him over in 2019 and discovered that, as first reported by TMZ, he was registered as a sex offender in New York but not in California, where he now resides.
When Petty is sentenced in January, he may receive a lifetime of supervised release and a maximum prison term of ten years, according to People.
Nicki Minaj And Her Husband, Kenneth Petty, Met Long Before She Was Famous
Even among her supporters, Petty’s history as a sex offender has made him a contentious partner for Minaj, but she has defended him ever since she made their relationship official in December 2018. Minaj told her fans that she and Petty had known one other since they were “very little kids in the hood” when she was born in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to Queens at the age of 5.
According to Us Weekly, Minaj sought to claim that his 1995 conviction for first-degree attempted rape was a long time ago. He was 15 years old, his purported rape accuser was 16 years old, and they both were in relationship.
Petty Is A Registered Sex Offender
Petty was given a sentence of 18 to 54 months, which will result in him serving a total of four years behind bars when he is sentenced in January. He also faces a lifetime of supervised release. According to People, Petty was classified as a level-two registered offender in New York, which indicates that he poses a “moderate risk of repeat offence.”
Us Weekly stated that in December 2018, Minaj defended Petty on Instagram. He was 15 and she was 16, and they were dating. On the same day that she shared a suggestive image of her in bed with Petty, she remarked on Instagram, “But go awf, Internet. You guys can’t control my life. You two can’t even manage your own lives. I’m grateful, boo.
Nicki Minaj’s Husband Faces 10 Years In Prison For Not Registering As Sex Offender
Petty has more than just the conviction for sexual assault hanging over his head. According to records obtained by The Blast, he was also found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of a man in Queens County, New York, in April 2002. He was given a 10-year prison term, but he only served seven.
This record, however, didn’t stop Minaj from thinking he would be good husband material and a good father for her future children. A source told Us Weekly in 2018 that the couple had “discussed” having children.
When did Kenneth and Nicki have their baby?
In July 2020, Minaj revealed the news that she was expecting, and in October of same year, she and Petty welcomed a son into the world.
The pair was still troubled by Petty’s prior conviction for sexual assault. Jennifer Hough, Petty’s purported victim, filed a complaint against him and Minaj last month, alleging that they tried to intimidate her.