Nicki Minaj announces retirement; Later apologizes for it

  • Nicki Minaj announces retirement on Twitter on Sept. 7, wanting to focus on her family
  • Recently, she and her boyfriend Kenneth “Zoo” Petty, 41, had acquired a marriage license. 
  • However, she deletes that tweet, and apologizes for it being ‘insensitive’ to her fans’ feelings

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Say what? Is Nicki Minaj really leaving the music industry behind or is this some kind of stunt?

The chart-topping rapper made the shocking announcement on her Twitter account Thursday.  “I’ve decided to retire & have my family,” she wrote. “I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me. X in the box cus ain’t nobody checking me. Love you for LIFE.”

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In June, Minaj confirmed that she and her boyfriend Kenneth “Zoo” Petty, 41, had acquired a marriage license. 

“We did get our marriage license,” Minaj revealed on Queen Radio. “I think I have what I was striving for, just happiness. It was so hard to get to a happy place. Now that I’m there, I don’t want to compromise that for anyone or anything.”

Then in July, Minaj seemingly confirmed her engagement in her Chance the Rapper collaboration “Zanies and Fools.” Last month, the 36-year-old star changed her Twitter display name from “Ms. Minaj” to “Mrs. Petty” just days after revealing that she and petty had renewed their marriage license. 

When the news broke out, a lot of people were shocked and it left her fans devastated. But quasi-retiring from hip-hop is an age-old tradition in the industry, and stirring the pot isn’t out of Minaj’s wheelhouse. But if it is indeed that she will retire, music just lost a really good artist.

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The New York rapper released her fourth studio album Queen last August, and had wrapped a European tour with Juice Wrld in March. She has also released her latest solo single “Megatron” last June. 

In recent months, she also appeared in numerous summer songs by Chance the Rapper, Avril Lavigne, Trina, and DaBaby. Megan Three Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer” has been the most successful, which sits comfortably in the Top 40. 

However, the retirement tweet had since been deleted, and Minaj later apologized for not taking her fans’ feelings into account when initially breaking the news.

“I’m still right here,” the Young Money rapper replied to one fan on Twitter. “Still madly in love with you guys & you know that. In hindsight, this should’ve been a Queen Radio discussion & it will be. I promise u guys will be happy. No guests, just us talking about everything. The tweet was abrupt & insensitive, I apologize babe.”

Sources: Billboard, Spin, Time, People

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