Nicki Minaj has a huge smile on her face and it’s all thanks to her new man. The “Barbie Dreams” rapper made her romance with Kenneth “Zoo” Petty Instagram official over the weekend after posting photos of him from her 36th birthday celebration in Turks and Caicos.
On Sunday, Minaj shared two photos — one that features her posing with her leg wrapped around Petty while he looks at her lovingly and another shot of the couple holding hands — along with a caption quoting lyrics from Adele’s 2015 hit, “Hello.”
But while Minaj is head over heels, her fans are up in arms. Less than 24 hours after posting her new lover all sorts of tea has come out about his checkered past. Here’s 5 things we know so far.
HE’S A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER
Petty, 40, is a level two registered sex offender in New York, which means he’s considered a “moderate risk of repeat offense” and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.
According to TMZ, Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in April 1995. He was 16 at the time, and so was his victim. Prosecutors said he used a sharp object when he tried to force the girl to have sexual intercourse. Petty served almost 4 years in NY state prison for the crime.
Minaj responded to a fan in the comments, writing, “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.”
She later disabled the comments on her posts after more fans began to question her for being with a man with a checkered past.
HE SERVED TIME OVER SHOOTING DEATH
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.
Officials originally charged Petty with murder in the second degree, but he was able to get it knocked down to manslaughter when he cut a deal. Petty plead guilty to the manslaughter charge in March 2006 and served seven years in prison after being sentenced to 10. He was released in May 2013, and had been on supervised release for five years until May of this year.
HE’S GOT TWELVE MUG SHOTS
Petty also has an extensive rap sheet and some twelve mugshots. See them HERE. His most recent arrest, according to Radar Online, happened on Sept. 12, 2018, when he was reportedly busted for driving with a suspended license.
HE’S FROM QUEENS, NY
Petty, 40 is also from Queens, New York. He and Minaj reportedly met through mutual friends. Minaj first sparked romance rumors after she posted photos of her hanging out with Petty last month. She captioned the photo: You know the phkn vibez,” with the hashtag QGTM which stands for “Queens Get The Money”.
She also acknowledged their hometown connection by quoting Adele’s “Hello” in the caption of their latest pic — “Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happens? … it’s no secret … that the both of us … are running out of time.”
HE WORKS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
Not much else is known about Petty, who goes by the name of “Zoo” accept that he works in the music industry. According to Bossip the NY native also has five children and he and Onika are working on some projects together.
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