Nicki Minaj has given birth to her first child, a source confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.
The singer and husband Ke-nneth “Zoo” Pe-tty, welcomed their baby on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Los Angeles, the source adds.
Minaj, 37, announced her pregnancy news on Instagram in July, alongside a set of glam snapsh-ots featuring the singer ba-ring her baby bump.
In two of the photos, the then-mom-to-be rocked a curly, bright-yellow hairdo, an intr!cately decorated b!kini, and spa-rkly platform st!lettos. Another showed her in a ru-ffled bottom, white knee-high stockings, and a blue done-up hairstyle, complete with a bright-green bow.
“#Preggers 💛,” Minaj captioned the first image of her cra-dling her belly, writing to accompany the third (which showed Minaj lounging on a pink couch), “Love. Marriage. Baby carriage. Overflowing with excitement & gratitude. Thank you all for the well wishes. 💛”
The happy news came nine months after she and Petty tied the knot and 10 months after Minaj announced her intention to retire to instead focus on her family. “I’ve decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da loss of me … Love you for LIFE,” she wrote on Twitter.
In June 2019, Minaj said on “Queen Radio” that she and Petty had acquired a marriage license.”We did get our marriage license,” the “Anaconda” rapper said during her show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio. “I think I have what I was striving for, just happiness. It was so hard to get to a happy place. Now that I’m there, I don’t want to compromise that for anyone or anything.”
Then in July of that year, Minaj (birth name: Onika Maraj) appeared to confirm she was engaged — and expecting — in her Chance the Rapper collaboration ″Zanies and Fools.″ As she rapped on the track, ″He the Cl-yde to my Bonnie, ’bout to walk down the a!sle and be a mommy″ and ″I met my husband when I was 17 out in Queens.”
Minaj revealed the exciting news that the two had wed in late October 2019 with a video on Instagram, showing matching ″Mr. and Mrs.” mugs and black and white baseball caps with “Bride” and ″Groom” written across the front.Keeping it simple, she captioned the short clip, ″👰🏽🤵🏽😢🙏🏽🎀 Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty 10•21•19″ — referencing her new official name and seemingly the day that she and Petty, who is a convicted s*x off-ender, officially tied the knot.
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