Nicki Minaj has admitted that she is pregnant with her first child.
The 37-year-old rapper shared a series of extravagant photos on her Instagram account, in which she cradles her bump while wearing a floral bikini, high heels and bright wigs.
One of the photos was captioned “# Preggers” and on another she wrote: “Love. Marriage. Wheelchair. Filled with excitement and gratitude. Thank you all for your good wishes.”
The Super Bass singer was quickly inundated with messages of support, with actress Halle Berry responding “YES Congratulations beauty!!!!” and singer Sam Smith writing “congratulations beautiful x”.
Last year, Minaj had shocked fans by announcing her retirement and desire to start a family in a since-deleted tweet.
“I’ve decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now,” she said.
“To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me … Love you for LIFE.”
But she has since appeared on rapper 6ix9ine’s hit Trollz, and also topped the Billboard Hot 100 with a remix of Doja Cat’s Say So.
Minaj fueled rumors of her pregnancy when she responded to a fan in May.
Asking for a photo of her child, she said: “the world is not ready yet.”The rapper married 42-year-old Kenneth petty last year and said in an interview that the “ultimate goal” of her relationship was to get pregnant.
Their romance proved controversial when it was revealed that petty was convicted of attempted rape in 1995 and later spent seven years in prison for manslaughter.
Minaj previously dated rappers Drake and Meek Mill.