Nicki Minaj announces retirement from music industry

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Pop star Nicki Minaj has announced she is retiring from the music industry to have a family.

The 36-year-old, who has topped the charts with her work, shared the news on Twitter in a rhyming message.

In a tweet, she wrote: “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 message has been retweeted tens of thousands of times and liked hundreds of thousands of times.

Nicki Minaj is currently dating Kenneth Petty, who according to TMZ is a registered sex offender. The website reports that the pair have been discussing marriage and children, with rumours swirling that they have already tied the knot.

TMZ also reports Petty’s offences came when he was 16, and dating a 15-year-old, with claims they were in a relationship.

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Speaking on her podcast Queen Radio, Minaj said she and Petty had to refile for a marriage license after their first one expired, convincing fans they had got married.

Image: Minaj and Little Mix at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards

But her retirement may lead to some confusion because she also said: “We’ll do the big wedding later. I’ll be married before my album comes out but will have my wedding after the album comes out.”

Minaj changed her Twitter name to Mrs Petty in August, but has not spoken about getting married. She’s not known to be pregnant.

2018 BET Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, U.S., 24/06/2018 - Nicki Minaj performs a medley. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Image: Minaj performing at the BET awards

She first burst onto the music scene in 2010, with her album Pink Friday. She’s become known for her outspoken comments, feuds with other singers, and colourful wigs.

She has won six American Music Awards, has been a judge on American Idol, and was named in Time’s 100 most influential people in 2016.

TOPSHOT - Trinidadian-US rapper Nicki Minaj poses backstage with her awards during the MTV Europe Music Awards at the Bizkaia Arena in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao on November 4, 2018. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

Image: Nicki Minaj with her awards during the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2018

Her other albums include The Pinkprint and Queen. She also lent her voice to Steffie in Ice Age: Continental Drift, and was in The Other Woman alongside Cameron Diaz in 2014.

Her representatives have been contacted for comment.

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