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Nicki Minaj Says She Has ‘Decided to Retire’ in Cryptic Tweet

Say it ain’t so! Nicki Minaj surprised fans by tweeting her plans to retire on Thursday, September 5.

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“I’ve decided to retire & have my family,” Minaj, 36, wrote. “I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, ❌ in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me. ✅ Love you for LIFE.”

After sparking outcry among fans, Minaj issued an apology tweet on Friday, September 6, in response to a fan’s request that she “address” her statement. “I’m still right here. Still madly in love with you guys & you know that,” she wrote. “In hindsight, this should’ve been a Queen Radio discussion & it will be. I promise u guys will be happy. No guests, just us talking about everything. The tweet was abrupt & insensitive, I apologize babe.”

A source tells Us Weekly exclusively that the Grammy nominee is not retiring, stating that she “has been writing and recording new music for her next album for several months now.”  However, the insider indicates that a hiatus is “likely” because Minaj “wants to start a family ASAP … especially now that she has reconnected with her person.”

The rapper’s cryptic tweet seemingly indicates that she’s ready to settle down with her boyfriend, Kenneth “Zoo” Petty. She made her relationship with her beau, who is a convicted felon, Instagram official in December 2018.

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A source from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk office previously told Us that the “Megatron” rapper and Petty, 41, obtained a marriage in California on July 29.

Minaj later confirmed the news during an August 12 episode of her Queen Radio show.

Nicki Minaj Says Shes Decided to Retire
Nicki Minaj attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. David Fisher/Shutterstock

“We still had to pick it up and I was traveling. By the time I came back, we had to renew it again,” she continued. “From that time, you have 90 days to get married. That was about a week ago, so now I have about 80 days.”

Minaj also stated during this episode that she had “to work on my album and I have a lot to focus on that I don’t want to do the big wedding now.”

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Minaj released her last album, Queen, in August 2018. Her fourth studio album went on to nab the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

Nearly six months after Queen’s arrival, the “Super Bass” hitmaker claimed her fifth record was already complete.

“The label hit me said they want the fifth thing-thing, I got in the studio, I did the fifth thing-thing / And then they say ‘You know, it’s time to drop your single / I said ‘Noooo’ You know radio already tried to blackball a bitch,” she rapped on“Barbie Goin’ Bad” in February.

In 2014, Minaj expressed to Complex her desire to settle down after wrapping five albums.

“If I’m done with my fifth album and I don’t have a child by then, no matter how much money I have, I would be disappointed, as a woman, because I feel like I was put here to be a mother,” she said. “I have definitely put off the wife thing because I don’t want people in my business.”

With reporting by Nicholas Hautman

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