Nicki Minaj stepped back into the conversation with her re-appearance on social media and in the streets of Miami, all at once. The 37-year old artist stepped out for the roll-up to the 2020 Super Bowl, appearing at Mr. Jones nightclub with her husband, Kenneth “Zoo” Petty.
After telling fans she was going to “retire” and start a family on Twitter, she showed up to let her fans know that she still has her foot on music’s neck and will never step away entirely. She told Billboard last year that “I love music and interacting with fans, so I can’t really see taking myself completely away. But I want to be open to other possibilities in my life.”
After not having posted on Instagram since a November 9th, 2019 post about Harriet Tubman, Minaj’s re-emergence also comes on the heels of some new music. The “Super Bass” rapper appears on Meghan Trainor’s January 31st released single “Nice to Meet Ya.,” confirming that she is indeed not stepping away from music.
Minaj’s last appearance was back in December 2019, when she attended the Billboard Women in Musicawards, where she honored late rapper JUICE WRLD while accepting her “Game-Changer Award at the celebratory event. “I felt like he was a kindred spirit, and looking back now, I wish I did something differently or said something to help,” Minaj told the captive audience.
Not much is known about her husband Kenneth “Zoo” Petty but since their October 21st, 2019 unexpected nuptials, the Internet has had plenty to say about it. The pair are childhood friends, having been familiar with each other and dated before. 41-year old Petty prefers to go by “Zoo,” and Nicki has even introduced him as such on her popular “Queen Radio” on Apple Music.
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When we were younger I liked his nose & he liked that tooth sticking out my mouth. 😩 I hated having to smile cuz I didn’t want anyone to see it 🤦🏽♀️😂 he still brings that tooth up all the time. He says he misses it. Should I get that tooth back y’all? 😭 the original Kirsten Dunst. ☺️
What’s really caused more buzz is his criminal history, which seems to be lengthy. In 1995, he was convicted of rape. 2006 brought manslaughter charges, which he pleaded guilty to after gunfire resulted in someone’s death. Despite his checkered past, their own past informed her decision to marry Zoo.
The happy couple will no doubt be spotted even more around Miami during the 2020 Super Bowl, with Mr. Jones nightclub as such stars as Future, Migos and Wiz Khalifa are expected to show up there this weekend for events. Welcome back, Nicki!