Nicki Minaj has announced that she is retiring from the rap game and putting her energy into having a family. In a tweet posted on Thursday, she shared: “I’ve decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checking me. Love you for LIFE.”
Minaj did not clarify whether she’s stepping down from music for good, or just taking a minute to rest. In a 2014 interview with Complex, Minaj revealed her fear of becoming so consumed by her work that she would “forget to live my personal life to the fullest”.
“If I am done with my fifth album and I do not have a child by then, no matter how much money I have, I would be disappointed, as a woman, because I believe I was put here to be a mother,” she shared.
The rapper has been vocal about her relationship with her boyfriend Kenneth Petty recently. In an interview with Queen Radio Show last month, she revealed her desire to marry Petty. “I think I have what I was desperately looking for, just happiness.”
Minaj and Petty’s relationship has been shrouded with controversy since it first came to light late last year. In 1995, Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape of a 16-year-old. According to public records, Petty, who was also 16 at the time, served four years in prison for the crime.
He was also convicted with first-degree manslaughter and was released from prison in 2013 after serving a 7-year sentence for shooting a man.
Last week, Minaj shared a series of tweets offering fans advice on how to deal with toxic relationships. “I first must and had to learn how to love MYSELF,” she shared. “If you would not let a man treat your mom, your sister or best friend like that b/c you LOVE them, then you wouldn’t let a man treat YOU like that b/c you love YOU.”
Nicki Minaj released her last record, Queen, in 2018.