Nicki Minaj is a mother

Rapper Nicki Minaj at the Met Gala in New York in May last year.
Rapper Nicki Minaj at the Met Gala in New York in May last year.PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES • Rapper Nicki Minaj may soon be rapping about motherhood after the American media confirmed on Thursday that she had given birth to her first child on Wednesday.

Nothing is known yet of the baby's gender and name, as Minaj made her last social media post in early August.

She announced her pregnancy in July when she posted on Instagram photos of her baby bump and used the hashtag #Preggers.

The 37-year-old sparked speculation of a pregnancy in May when she admitted to fans during a Twitter question-and-answer session that she had been having "nausea and peeing non-stop".

Minaj had shocked fans in September last year when she tweeted that she had "decided to retire and have my family".

The Chun-Li singer then announced one month later that she had married music executive Kenneth Petty, 42, whom she has known since they were teenagers.

Minaj backtracked a bit on her retirement when she told Billboard in December that she still loves music and interacting with fans, but she wants "to be open to other possibilities in my life".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2020, with the headline 'Nicki Minaj is a mother'. Print Edition | Subscribe