Nicki Minaj surprised millions of her followers on Oct. 15 when they learned that last month she had a baby boy, news delivered courtesy of a post in which she thanked her friends and fans for their well-wishes.
The new mother, who gave birth to her son on Sept. 30, thanked her famous friends like Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Riccardo Tisci, model Winnie Harlow, and singer Karol G.
“Thank you to Queen B, Kim & Ye, Riccardo Tisci, Winnie, Karol & everyone who sent well wishes during this time. It meant the world to me. I am so grateful & in love with my son. Madly in love. My favorite liddo boy in the whole wide world. 🥳🧸🎁.”
Many of the 37-year-old’s friends, such as Beyoncé and Winnie, congratulated her on her journey to motherhood.
Beyoncé: “Onika, Welcome to motherhood. God bless you and your family.”
Winnie Harlow: “Baby Barb on Board! Congratulations sis, happy for the healthy delivery of your first bundle of joy! Sending you blessings and prayers on this new journey.”
Although the rapper kept mum about the birth of her son on all of her platforms, her mom revealed on Oct. 2 on Instagram that the “Queen” radio host had given birth. “Thank you Lord for Blessing my daughter @nickiminaj with a beautiful bundle of joy! You have always been a Blessing to myself and your family, and now you have received one of the best Blessings from God. ‘Children are a gift from the Lord. They are a reward from Him.’ Psalms 127:3 #glamma let us rejoice!!!!”
Nicki revealed back in July with a slew of pictures that she and husband Kenneth Petty were expecting their first child, and she also thanked everyone for their outpouring of support in the post. “Love. Marriage. Baby carriage. Overflowing with excitement & gratitude. Thank you all for the well wishes. 💛”
The news would be bittersweet for the “Megatron” rapper because of the possibility of her husband missing the birth of their unborn child. Kenneth was arrested back in January for failure to register as a sex offender in California, a status he was left with after a 1995 conviction in New York, according to the New York Daily News. He was later granted permission to travel with the expectant mother and join her in the delivery room.
Nicki has yet to release any additional details about her son, including a photo, his weight, or his length.