Weeks after being seen with a diamond ring on her finger, Nicki Minaj is now claiming that Kenneth ‘Zoo’ Petty wants to wife her up. Could this be possible ??TMZ reports that Nicki Minaj has known Petty since they were teenagers and is “confident he’s matured.” According to the outlet, they first dated when she was 16 years old and living in Queens, New York City. She’s also referred to him as “one of her first loves.” Sources tell TMZ they still have “great chemistry” despite all the time and relationships that have passed since they first got together.
While the rapper, and Kenneth Petty, looked to be enjoying early-relationship bliss, her fans have attempted to bring her back down to earth by calling out her lover’s backstory, which includes jail time for manslaughter and his status as a registered sex offender.
Records from the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services, show that ; Petty was convicted in April 1995 of attempted rape in the first degree for an incident that occurred in September 1994 involving a 16-year-old girl. He was sentenced to 18 to 54 months in prison, but it is unclear how much time he actually served.
Petty also pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of a man named Lamont Robinson in 2002, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Blast. According to the outlet, kenneth Petty pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge in March 2006 and served seven years in prison after being sentenced to 10. Petty was released in May 2013, and had been on supervised release for five years until May of this year, records accessed by PEOPLE show.
In response to Instagram comment criticisms about the relationship, Nicki minaj wrote, “He was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship. But go awf Internet. Y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life. Thank you boo.”
Nicki Minaj first sparked romance rumors after she posted photos of her hanging out with kenneth Petty last month. Last Thursday, she took to Twitter to call out commenters on social media but did not directly say what prompted her to do so. “No one on social media has ever sinned. They are all perfect,” she wrote. “They piss champagne & walk on streets of gold.”