Nicki Minaj: Dropping the mic, for good

Nicki Minaj performs on stage during the MTV EMAs 2018 at Bilbao Exhibition Centre on November 4, 2018 in Bilbao, Spain. (Getty Images)

If rumors are to be believed, the queen has abdicated her throne. No, not Beyoncé, but the reigning queen of rap — Nicki Minaj. The musician, whose father is of Indo-Trinidadian descent, took to Twitter to announce her retirement from music, saying she plans to start a family with her fiancé Kenneth Petty.

“I’ve decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now,” she wrote on Sept. 5. “To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me.”

She ended the message with a shoutout to her famously loyal fanbase called the Barbz, adding, “Love you for LIFE.” Minaj’s fans on social media were shocked by news of her retirement, alarmed and hoping the rapper might reconsider.

Page Six reports that the following day, the “Megatron” rapper again took to social media to apologize to her fans for being “abrupt and insensitive.” She didn’t back out on her retirement announcement, but promised fans that she’ll discuss it on her Queen Radio show on Apple Music’s “Beats 1,” the report said.

“I’m still right here. Still madly in love with you guys & you know that,” she tweeted Sept. 6. Meanwhile, Minaj, who has long been open about her desire to start a family, has been more vocal about it since making things official with fiancé Kenneth “Zoo” Petty in December. According to news reports, the two have been dating since 2018, and Petty has made frequent appearances on her social media accounts.

The rapper even changed her name on Twitter to Mrs. Petty earlier this month. On her Queen Radio show in June, Minaj revealed that she and Petty had acquired a marriage license and intended to wed within “about 80 days.”

At the same time, she’s also been teasing that a follow-up to her fourth studio album “Queen” was in the works, explaining that she was putting the music before wedding planning. While many still believe that her retirement makes no sense at all, TMZ wonders if it is because of the industry pressures and the constant trolling.

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