By Hanning Mbabazi
Singer-songwriter Nicki Minaj, who has enjoyed an illustrious career in the music industry and paved the way to fame for other female rappers, announced several weeks earlier on an episode of her Queen Radio Show that she and boyfriend Kenneth Petty would be tying the knot soon.
Curvaceous rapper Nicki Minaj took to Twitter on September 5 evening to announce, in an emoji-laden tweet, that she was stepping away from the limelight:
“I’ve decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now,” she said.
She also urged fans to “keep reppin me, do it til da death of me,” in a reference to her “Girl on Fire” collaboration with Alicia Keys in 2012.
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 checkin me. ✅ Love you for LIFE ?♥️?
The bombshell announcement left the rapper’s 20.5 million followers reeling, with a flurry of comments hitting twitter, as many were devastated at the news of their idol leaving the music industry.
The news comes just a few weeks after Nicki announced she’d soon be marrying her boyfriend Kenneth Petty.
The 36 year old rapper shared the news on her Queen Radio Show on 12 August, revealing that she expected to be married in around 80 days however, fans didn’t expect Minaj quitting Music.
“We filed for the marriage license and we still had to pick it up and I was traveling, by the time I came back, we had to renew it again,” she explained.
“From that time, you have 90 days to
get married. That was about a week ago, so now I have about 80 days.”
The rapper added they would have a bigger celebration at a later date.
“I have to work on my album and I have a lot to focus on that [so] I don’t want to do the big wedding now,” Minaj said.
Last month she appeared in rising star Megan Thee Stallion’s song “Hot Girl Summer.”
In June 2019 she released a single entitled “Megatron” and said she had a new studio album in the works, which would be her fifth.