"Super Bass" singer and rap queen, Nicki Minaj, is officially pregnant. After months of speculating whether or not the rapper was actually expecting, Nicki took to Instagram on July 20 to announce that she and her husband, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty, are going to be first-time parents. She posted three separate photos in which she was wearing a striking two-piece, and clearly sporting a baby bump.
In total Nicki fashion, the announcement was monumental and totally extravagant. Stay tuned for everything we know about her pregnancy, but first, check out the Instagram posts below, and revel with us in Nicki's pregnant glory.
Rumors of Nicki's pregnancy first sparked back in May 2020.
Earlier this year, in a Twitter Q&A, a fan asked if the 37-year-old has been cooking while continuing to self-quarantine amid the current coronavirus pandemic (also known as COVID-19), she responded: "Absolutely. Steak. Shrimp. Plus my famous cheeseburgers. So good. Been really having red meat cravings then salad cravings with extra jalapeños. Ordered Chkn [sic] nachos that didn’t come w/ jalapeños. Who does that? Wow.”
Her response raised a few red flags, which led another individual to ask if Nicki has been experiencing morning sickness, writing, "Are you also throwing up in morning and having to go to the bathroom a lot?"
The singer replied: “Lmao. No throwing up. But nausea and peeing non stop. Omg what do u think this means guys???? Lmaooooooooooo."
Immediately, fans started requesting baby bump photos, but Ms. Minaj wasn't ready for the big reveal just yet. "Yea in a couple of months," she tweeted about possibly posting a bump pic. "The world ain't ready yet."
We're thrilled Nicki was finally ready to reveal the bump in the best way imaginable.
Nicki Minaj has always been relatively open about wanting to be a mom.
Nicki and her husband began dating in 2018 and married less than one year later. She confirmed the rumored nuptial news via Instagram, writing: "Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty 10•21•19."
Before tying the knot, Nicki faced criticism when she went public with her now-husband. Kenneth has troubled criminal history, and fans questioned why the rapper was dating him.
Just a few months after the couple went public with their relationship (February 2019), the "Super Bass" rapper joked about being pregnant on Queen Radio. "I’m pregnant," she said on air. However, she immediately backtracked with a laugh, adding, "They really gon’ believe me — my manager’s face! He was about to die!"
At the time, she hadn't confirmed or denied the recent pregnancy rumors, but Nicki had stated that she wants to be a mom in the future. In a 2015 interview with Cosmopolitan, she predicted: "Ten years from now, I will have two children, unless my husband wants three."
She continued, "I will be into my fitness a lot more, I will stop yo-yo dieting, and I'll be a housewife with careers that I can run from home. I want to be able to cook for my children, bake cookies for them, and watch them grow up. I just want to be mommy. Take them to school, go to the parent-teacher conference, help them with their homework, and put their work on the refrigerator."
We don't have Nicki's due date yet, but needless to say, we're looking forward to some incredible new mom pics. Every "Barb" and Nicki fan knows the photoshoot will be seriously epic.