"He was 15, she was 16 ... in a relationship", she commented. "But go awf, Internet. Y'all can't even run you own life", Minaj responded to a fan who brought up his criminal record.
Minaj is now celebrating her birthday (which was actually December 8) in Turks and Caicos where she has continued to post photos and videos flouting her boyfriend's critics. "Let's give'm smthn to talk about".
In 1995, Petty, then reportedly 16, was convicted of attempted rape of a 16-year-old and served four years in a NY state prison. The 40-year-old used a sharp object when he tried to force the accuser into having sexual intercourse, according to prosecutors.
Nicki is aware of his past and is confident that he has matured since his time in New York State prison in the 1990s.
Petty was also convicted of first-degree manslaughter after his release.
The outlet also reported that years later, Petty was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and served another seven years for shooting a man. According to TMZ, Petty is a registered sex offender. He was sentenced to 18 - 54 months in prison, but it is unclear how much time he actually served. However, she tweeted that Petty does not have social media as fake pages have already been created - but deleted the message.
One picture shows Minaj embracing and putting her leg around Petty. "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", she captioned the photo, quoting Adele's "Hello".
The photos were taken during Minaj's 36th birthday celebration in Turks and Caicos this past weekend.
Apparently, Nicki and Petty knew each other from their hometown and have been friends over the years.
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