Nicki Minaj announced Thursday that she will be retiring to start a family. In news that disappointed many of her longtime fans — whom she affectionally refers to as Barbz — Minaj said in an emoji-laden tweet, “I’ve decided to retire & have my family”.
“I know you guys are happy now” she said.
The rapper also urged her supporters to “keep reppin me, do it til da death of me,” a nod to her 2012 “Girl on Fire” collaboration with Alicia Keys.
In mid-August, Minaj appeared on Joe Budden‘s podcast and said there’s often an unfair picture painted of her in the news, especially when it comes to her working with and supporting other women rappers.
“You guys speculate, you have fun, it is what it is,” Minaj said. “But when I come out and say, ‘Hey, guys, this is exactly what happened,’ and then you basically say, ‘Nope, I know Nicki,’ it makes me look like a fucking psycho.”
There’s also some evidence that Minaj may not be completely done with her music career. In February, the rapper teased that her fifth and as-yet-untitled album was complete, though there’s been no release date announced.
Perhaps she’ll release one more project before stepping away for good? Only time will tell.