His face and his name certainly mean nothing to you: Kenneth Petty will soon be a father. This 42-year-old American is expecting his first child with rapper Nicki Minaj. The American star announced the good news Monday, July 20 on his Instagram account. But who is Kenneth Petty?
Kenneth Petty is an old acquaintance of Nicki Minaj. The man met the future star during their adolescence in New York, in the district of Queens. He was her boyfriend at the time. She considers him one of her “first loves” and calls him her “Ken to her Barbie”. And if Nick Minaj defends him tooth and nail, Kenneth Petty has a rather heavy legal past. Kenneth Petty was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2006 after pleading guilty to first degree manslaughter (he spent 7 years in prison before being released in May 2013).
According to the American media outlet Hollywood Life, Kenneth Petty was convicted of attempted rape in 1995 on his alleged 16-year-old girlfriend at the time. He was then 20. He is currently listed as a sex offender in the United States.
His privacy at the forefront
In October 2019, Nicki Minaj said “yes” for life to her companion, Kenneth Petty. The lovebirds had united in total secrecy. Discreet couple, they have been inseparable since 2018. A relationship which had also made people talk on the side of the fans of the interpreter of Starships, because of the criminal past of his beloved. Critics whom she obviously preferred to ignore.
And if she found a soul mate, Nicki Minaj thus decided to slow down her professional life. Thus, she announced a month before her wedding that at 36 years old, she felt that the hour of retirement had come. She was ending her career in order to devote more time to her personal life.
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