Nicki Minaj’s mysterious partner: 10 surprising details about Kenneth Petty

Nicki Minaj's mysterious partner: 10 surprising details about Kenneth Petty

In recent years, fans of the queen of rap, Nicki Minaj, have publicly witnessed her series of romances and breakups with top entertainment stars like Meek Mill and Safaree Samuels. However, it was a shock in 2018 when the rapper revealed her relationship with a mysterious man named Kenneth Petty. The couple has raised a lot of speculations since their union, especially with her husband making headlines for legal issues.

Nicki Minaj's mysterious partner: 10 surprising details about Kenneth Petty
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Who is Nicki Minaj’s husband?

Kenneth Petty is an American celebrity husband and music industry player. He rose to fame because of his romantic connection to the Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, and rapper Nicki Minaj. He understands and supports the Anaconda singer, and she, in turn, defends him from critics.

10 shocking details about Kenneth Petty, Nicki Minaj’s husband

Kenneth Petty is not as famous as Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriends, but he has managed to draw public attention for his several clashes with the law. So, what exactly did he do? Here is everything you need to know about this infamous spouse.

1. Kenneth is a native of Queens, New York 

Nicki Minaj’s husband was born and bred in Queens, New York City. His full name is Kenneth Petty, but he bears a nickname called Zoo. Nicki Minaj revealed she calls him that nickname because he chose it from childhood. There is no available information on his family members, but he comes from African-American descent.

2. How old is Nicki Minaj’s husband?

Petty is 45 years old in 2023. He was born on 7 April 1978, which makes him four years older than Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty (Nicki Minaj), born on 8 December 1982.

3. He is reportedly a high school dropout

The celebrity husband attended LaGuardia High School in New York City for his high school education. Unfortunately, he later dropped out of school for undisclosed reasons.

4. He made a few appearances in Nicki’s music videos

According to some reports, Kenneth Petty is a music industry player and executive. He kicked off his career with his appearance in two music videos of his wife. The first video is Megatron, her first hit song with Megan Thee Stallion in 2019. The other one is Hot Girl Summer.

Nicki Minaj's mysterious partner: 10 surprising details about Kenneth Petty
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5. Kenneth met Nicki Minaj in high school 

Nicki Minaj and her husband first came across each other as teenagers at LaGuardia High School in New York City. She was 17 when they began dating, but they later separated. In 2018, the duo reunited, and their relationship became public in the same year. On 21 0ctober 2019, they officially married in a low-key wedding and obtained their marriage license.

6. He has a son with Nicki Minaj 

In July 2020, the Super Freaky Girl artist announced her pregnancy with a snapshot of her baby bump. Later on, Nicki Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, welcomed his baby with his wife on 30 September 2020. Their son is nicknamed Papa Bear, although his real name has not been disclosed. Meanwhile, Petty is also said to have been in previous relationships with other ladies who gave him five children.

7. Kenneth is a registered sex offender

He holds a level two registration as a sex offender in New York after his involvement in a 1995 case of attempting first-degree rape on a 16-year-old girl. In April 1995, he received a sentence of 18 to 54 months but only spent four years in prison after the assault. Due to Nicki Minaj’s husband’s charge of sexual assault, he was legally obligated to report his changes of residence to the authorities, but he neglected.

Nicki Minaj's mysterious partner: 10 surprising details about Kenneth Petty
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In March 2020, Petty was arrested again for failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to California and began residing with Minaj in 2019. Although he initially pleaded not guilty and posted bail of $100,000, he changed his plea to guilty during a virtual hearing in September 2021. This change of plea exposed him to a potential prison term of up to 10 years. In July 2022, a sentence of one year of house arrest, three years of probation, and a $55,000 fine was imposed on Petty as ruled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

8. He is a former convict of manslaughter 

In 2022, Petty admitted guilty to committing first-degree manslaughter, resulting in the death of Lamont Robinson in 2002. In the trial of 2006, he initially faced a second-degree murder charge, which was later lessened through a plea agreement. He reportedly fired multiple rounds from a loaded handgun at Lamont Robinson, leading to his demise.

Following a conviction, Nicki Minaj’s husband’s jail term was ten years imprisonment, yet he was released after completing seven years in 2013. Subsequently, he remained under supervised release for five years. Petty’s legal record reveals his involvement in at least eleven more apprehensions for various offences, ranging from driving with a suspended license to committing first-degree charges.

9. Nicki Minaj defends Kenneth Petty

The popular singer makes it a duty to defend her husband from critics and attacks. In light of his growing legal troubles, she turned off comments on her posts to reduce the influx of negative remarks directed toward him. She made this statement in his defence: “He was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship. But go awf Internet,”…..”Y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life. Thank you boo.”

Also, Nicki Minaj’s involvement in Petty’s legal troubles arose when his alleged rape accuser, Jennifer Hough, filed a harassment lawsuit against Minaj and her spouse. The August 2021 case asserted that Minaj and Petty aimed to intimidate her into retracting her rape claims, leveraging their influence and wealth. Allegedly, Minaj asked her to alter her account and later proposed $20,000 to sign a recanting statement.

The lawsuit against Minaj was later dismissed in January 2022, with plans to recover legal fees. Because of her husband’s sexual offences, Nicki’s neighbours also petitioned her to vacate her Hidden Hills residence due to safety concerns. In all, she still supports and protects her husband.

10. He has an estimated net worth of $500,000

Kenneth has an estimated net worth of $500,000 earned from his career in the music industry.

Kenneth Petty lives a quiet, private life with his wife, Nicki Minaj. However, his past life of crime has made him famous with several negative comments. Despite all odds, he and his family continue living in harmony and are strengthening together.

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