Nicki Minaj has a new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty, who she has known since she was 16 and living in Queens, New York.
However, the 36-year-old rapper has had to step up to defend her 40-year-old boyfriend after it emerged that he has a shady criminal past.
Petty is a convicted sex offender and has also served time for first-degree manslaughter. He was convicted of attempted rape back in 1995 when he was much younger, as Nicki clarified:
Petty served four years for the attempted rape while his manslaughter charge came ten years later, in 2006, and got him a further seven years in prison.
Nicki feels that Petty has changed since serving his second prison sentence and is, she revealed, one her her “first loves.”
Of course, it is up to Nicki who she dates and, as a grown woman, we hope she is able to judge someone’s character…