Nicki Minaj’s boyfriend or fiance as the case may be is a man who has raised eyebrows among the Barbz. The Anaconda rapper has mostly been linked to fellow musicians and rappers. Whether its true love or just for clout and attention, Nicki has been in several high profile relationships that never failed to make headlines. Although she was more private about her love life in her early career days, Nicki has since become vocal and honest about her past relationships and experiences. Particularly, the Queens native recently revealed that she was once in a physically abusive relationship and was comfortable with it because of her family history.
Here’s a list of the rap star’s high profile boyfriends (both rumored and confirmed) over the years as well as her current controversial and PDA-filled romance.
Who Did Nicki Date Before Nas?
Safaree is perhaps Nicki Minaj’s longest boyfriend or relationship to date. The rap star and record producer who began dating in 2008 and remained together for 12 years had a very low key romance for the most part. In fact, Minaj and Samuels’ romance reportedly morphed into an engagement, after the pair were seen spotting matching finger rings. However, their relationship ran out of steam in 2014 in a dirty public breakup that had both parties hurling allegations of theft, infidelity, lies, and disrespect.
Following her split with her boyfriend Safaree, Nicki Minaj moved into another high profile relationship with Meek Mill in 2015. The rappers were very vocal about their romance and did not hesitate to splash pictures of themselves together all over social media. Nicki and Meek even fuelled rumors of engagement but the rap stars never made it down the aisle as they parted ways in January 2017 after spending two years together.
Prior to Nas, the Queens native was romantically linked to Drake, though their relationship remains unconfirmed to date. While the Canadian hitmaker has been very vocal about his love for the rapstress, Minaj repeatedly denies that they were never an item but considers him family.
Nicki Minaj and Nas first raised eyebrows back in 2012 when the New York rappers shared a kiss in Nicki’s Right By My Side music video. But since she was still in a long-term romance with Safaree Samuels, fans didn’t really pay attention to the duo’s frolicking at the time. The rappers were very secretive with their relationship but tongues started wagging when they were spotted cuddling up in May 2017. Though the pair never really confirmed their romance, Nicki later admitted that they enjoyed sleepovers together. Minaj and Nas reportedly parted ways in January 2018.
Who Is Nicki Minaj’s Boyfriend Now?
The Megatron rapper was linked to Slim Shady in early 2018 after featuring in his Big Bank song. Nicki Minaj raised eyebrows when she referred to Eminem as her other half while promoting his Kamikaze album on Instagram. The rappers made insinuations and teased fans about the true situation of things. They continued goofing around in a series of back and forth flirtations until mid-2018 before confirming that they are just friends.
Nicki Minaj’s current boyfriend and heartthrob is Kenneth Petty. The couple has a long history together as they have known each other before Nicki’s fame and fortune. Petty was actually one of Minaj’s first loves and their pre-fame relationship history dates back to their teenage days. However, the couple only recently reignited their flame and went public with their relationship in December 2018. Since then, Nicki has frequently been flaunting she and her beau’s journey to love all over social media where she posts PDA-filled videos and photos.
Interestingly, Nicki Minaj’s boyfriend Kenneth has been quite controversial, given his criminal history. Petty is a registered sex offender who was convicted of rape as a teenager back in 1995. Years after his release, Petty returned to prison, this time, on the conviction of first-degree manslaughter and served a seven-year sentence.
Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty’s whirlwind romance has attracted backlash from fans and critics. Some folks have expressed their surprise at her relationship with Kenneth, stating that she found love at the least expected place. But the rap star is unfazed as she is well aware of his past. While she admits he was always a little “brazy” back in the days, she is of the opinion that timing is everything. Nicki Minaj who is confident that her beau has matured since his time in prison in the 1990s has at various times defended her boyfriend Petty from critics on social media.
Despite varied opinions from fans, Nicki really seems very much in love with Kenny and appears to be living her best life with him. In fact, in August 2019, Minaj further surprised fans when she changed her name from Ms. Minaj to Mrs. Petty on Twitter. Later on her Queen Radio show, the rapper who has long expressed her desire to settle down and start a family once she finds true love revealed that she and Petty will likely be married by the end of 2019. Minaj also disclosed that they have already gotten a marriage license from the Beverly Hills courthouse, adding that their wedding plans are in full effect.
For now, Nicki Minaj and her boyfriend plan to have a small, intimate ceremony surrounded by close family and friends while preparing for a bigger wedding in the future after her schedule clears up. For Nicki Minaj, her current goal is to have walked down the aisle with possibly one or two kids and have about a $500 million bank balance on or before her fifth album is released.