Nicki Minaj recently led her fans to believe she ended her marriage to Kenneth Petty after less than one year.
Rumors began to swirl that the “Starships” rapper and her new husband were having issues earlier this week. Minaj, who goes by the nickname “Mrs. Petty,” had the moniker removed from her Twitter and Instagram pages. She changed her online name to “Mrs. Petty” back in August 2019, so many of her fans were stunned to see her name change again, only months into the couple’s marriage. Minaj also hasn’t posted any pictures with Petty on her social media since the two were in Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival back in February.
However, Us Weekly reports Minaj’s name change has nothing to do with her relationship. A source shared with the outlet that she is ready to take the music industry by storm again after a brief hiatus, so she wants her artist name back on her social media.
“They’re still together,” the source said of Minaj and Petty. “Nicki has new music on the way, so she’s preparing for the next era and readjusted her social media channels accordingly.”
Minaj has since added “Mrs. Petty” back to her Twitter bio. Although the couple is reportedly in a good place, several of her fans rejoiced upon hearing the news of a possible breakup. Their relationship has been under scrutiny since they first went public back in December 2018, mainly due to Petty’s criminal background. He is a registered sex offender and was convicted of first-degree rape in 1995. The couple made headlines back in March after Petty was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender in Los Angeles, where they currently reside.
“If Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty broke up… that’s freaking awesome! She should’ve never been bumping skins with sex offenders,” one fan tweeted about their marriage.
“There are rumors that Nicki Minaj and Kenneth broke up I’m sooo hype about it,” another Minaj supporter tweeted.
Throughout her career, the rapper has been involved in two high-profile relationships. The first was with Safaree Samuels, who used to produce several of her early hits. She also dated rapper Meek Mill from 2015-2017. However, she said her relationship with Petty was different, due to her already having a past with him.
She met Petty when she was a high school student in Queens, New York. While the couple began dating back then, they parted ways as the Grammy winner went on to pursue her music career. Following her split from Meek, she reunited with her ex and the two had a low-key wedding ceremony in Los Angeles in November 2019.