Nicki Minaj shares family photos after husband’s house arrest

Nicki Minaj is ready for more family time.

The “Starships” rapper took to Instagram late Wednesday to share rare photos of her husband, Kenneth Petty, and their 1-year-old son, after Petty was sentenced to house arrest.

Minaj, 39, and Petty, 44, matched in skinny jeans, white shirts and sneakers, while their son, who they call “Papa Bear”, stood out in a yellow tracksuit and Fendi sneakers. The Grammy-nominated captioned the post, “😍💕🎀 🧸.”

The post came just hours after a Los Angeles judge sentenced Petty to three years’ probation and one year of house arrest for failing to register as a sex offender in California. According to the US Attorney’s Office, he was also ordered to pay a $55,000 fine.

Petty was arrested in March 2020 after moving from New York, where he is a registered sex offender, to the Golden State.

Kenneth Petty's son is sitting on his shoulders.
“Papa Bear” perched on top of his father’s shoulders for the photo.

Under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), anyone convicted of a sexual offense “is required to update their registration in every jurisdiction where they live, work or attend school.” Failure to do so is a federal crime.

Before marrying Minaj in October 2019, Petty spent four years in prison after being convicted in 1994 of attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl. He was also 16 at the time of the incident.

Petty also spent time behind bars for manslaughter for a fatal shooting in 2002.

Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty sit with their son on their lap.
Minaj has largely kept her family out of the limelight since the birth of her son in September 2020.

Petty started dating Minaj in late 2018 after meeting as teenagers. Amid her husband’s legal troubles, the couple welcomed their son, whose real name they have yet to reveal, in September 2020.

Petty’s past has come under scrutiny for the “Super Bass” rapper, who has defended her husband multiple times — even after the couple was charged with rape by his accuser.

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