Rapper Nicki Minaj and her husband Kenneth Petty have welcomed their first child into the world. The baby was born on in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning (September 30, 2020) making the child a Libra. According to TMZ, Petty was by her side during the birth.
Minaj announced her pregnancy back in July with a glamorous set of photographs shot by Dave Chappelle. At the time, she was thought to be about six months pregnant.
The 37-year-old Minaj has spoken about wanting children but has also emphasized that she wanted to be married first. During promotional efforts in 2014 for her third studio album, The Pinkprint, Minaj told Complex, “If I’m done with my fifth album and I don’t have a child by then, no matter how much money I have, I would be disappointed, as a woman, because I feel like I was put here to be a mother.
“I have definitely put off the wife thing because I don’t want people in my business. I’d rather not do anything that’s going to be on paper but I definitely will be married before I have my baby. I want to make sure I do it in that order. I’ve always felt like that since I was young; my mother always put that in my head. By the fifth album, I will have walked down the aisle and I will at least be on baby No. 1, possibly baby No. 2. And have $500 million.”
While the sex of the baby hasn’t been in announced, in her 2014 single “All Things Go, she foresaw having a daughter with lyrics, “As long as seven years from now I’m taking my daughter to preschool.”
Minaj announced her marriage to Petty in October 2019, a union that occurred after the two had been dating for about a year. Minaj has said their romance blossomed when she ran into Petty during a Thanksgiving related event she was hosting. The two had dated as teenagers but went their separate ways.
Check out Minaj’s pregnancy images below.