Nicki Minaj and her controversial beau, Kenneth “Zoo” Petty are making headlines for all PDA-packed Instagram post! The two sparked dating rumor back in November 2018 and Nicki has been getting fans’ feedback in a mixed bag. While some enraged Barbz are against their relationship, some are totally supporting their Queen. Here’s what you need to know about Nicki’s new boyfriend!

Blast From Past!

Kenneth Petty kissing Nicki Minaj on her neck

A source close to Nicki revealed that they were an item when the Young Money rapper was 16 years old and was living in Queens, New York. Nicki is aware of Kenneth’s troubled past, but she is “confident he’s matured since his time in NT state prison in the late 1990s.” They started talking years later when Nicki gave away turkeys for Thanksgiving in her hometown.

Criminal History

Kenneth Petty's mugshot

As per sources, Kenneth has been arrested several times for crimes ranging from driving with suspended license and first-degree attempted rape to the first-degree manslaughter. He is a listed sex offender after the attempted murder back in April 1995 for which he was sentenced to spend between 18 and 54 months in prison. Despite all these, Nicki believes in a second chance and has faith that he’ll be good to her.


Noelle, Kenneth Petty's ex girlfriend, is standing on the street with red boots on

Before dating Barbie Dreams hitmaker, Kenneth was dating a woman named Noelle, who goes by redbone_noe on Instagram. Clearing the air about what exactly happened between her and Nicki, Noelle said, 

Have no problem with her but she messing with my man who was living with me!! How he just wake up and chase behind a rapper. I mean I know she famous and all and girls chase rappers all the time. But as a man. My man, I wouldn’t expect that at all.

Father of Children!

Kenneth Petty's mugshot

As per sources, Kenneth is allegedly the father of five children. For now, identities of the babies and their mama are unknown. However, his recent ex, Noelle has clarified that she is not the baby mama of any of his kids.

Inking Love

Since sparking dating rumor back in November 2018, Nicki has posted a handful of cuddly pictures with Kenneth on Instagram.  Their love is quite vivid on her Instagram posts and as if that wasn’t enough, Kenneth has inked Nicki’s birth name, Onika on his neck.  So, love is totally in the air between the two. The Barbz wants nothing but want to see their queen happy.