Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty popularly known as Nicki Minaj is a rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model.
Born in Saint James, Port of Spain, and raised in Queens, New York City, she gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009).
In her song “All Things Go,” Minaj revealed that she had an abortion as a teenager.
Minaj has said that although it has “haunted” her, she stands by her decision.
Early in her career Minaj claimed to be bisexual, but eventually clarified her sexuality in a Rolling Stone interview rectifying her claims: “I think girls are sexy, but I’m not going to lie and say that I date girls.”
In late 2014, Minaj separated from her longtime boyfriend Safaree Samuels, whom she had dated since 2000. Several tracks on The Pinkprint are believed to have been inspired by the end of their relationship.
Minaj began dating rapper Meek Millin early 2015.
On January 5, 2017, she announced via Twitter that she had ended their two-year relationship.
In July 2011, her cousin Nicholas Telemaque was murdered near his home in Brooklyn, New York, an incident she references in her songs “Champion” and “All Things Go.”
In December 2018, Minaj began dating childhood friend Kenneth “Zoo” Petty. She filed for a marriage license in August 2019.
She announced their official marriage on October 21.
She hyphenated her husband’s last name to hers upon marriage, becoming Maraj-Petty.