Nicki Minaj Has Decided to Retire and Have a Family

The rapper just broke the news on Twitter.

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Nicki Minaj announced on Twitter this afternoon that she's decided to retire and "have my family." The rapper didn't go into further detail, but she did follow up with lyrics dedicated to her fans. At the time of writing, the rapper has yet to publicly confirmed her retirement with an official statement.

"I’ve decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now," Minaj wrote. "To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, X in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE." The rhymes are from her verse on Alicia Keys's "Girl on Fire (Inferno Version)," (opens in new tab) which was released in 2012.

Minaj's "family" talk may have some fans speculating whether a baby is on the way for the rapper, but she hasn't confirmed that news, either. She did spark rumors that she and boyfriend Kenneth “Zoo” Petty may be engaged and/or expecting earlier this summer when she said, "He the Clyde to my Bonnie, ’bout to walk down the aisle and be a mommy" on Chance the Rapper's song "Zanies and Fools." She and Petty started dating in December 2018 and apparently obtained a marriage license in late July, according to Complex (opens in new tab). Minaj now goes by "Ms. Petty" on Twitter.

Minaj just recently appeared in Megan Thee Stallion's "Hot Girl Summer" (opens in new tab) music video, which was released on Tuesday. (She is featured on the song as well.) As for her solo music, her latest single, "Megatron," arrived in June, while her most recent album, Queen, landed in August 2018.

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