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Nicki Minaj Calls Herself 'The Virgin Mary' In New Pregnancy Photo

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By Rebecca Cukier

Nicki Minaj has confirmed her pregnancy at the age of 37. The "Queen" rapper made the announcement on Monday with a series of giant baby bump photos – Nicki is expecting her first child with 42-year-old husband Kenneth "Zoo" Petty.

Nicki went with a floral mesh bikini and platform heels to debut the news that quickly saw her trending on Twitter. She's since updated with a brand new photo – and yes, there was humor as the former Red Lobster waitress jokingly referred to herself as "The Virgin Mary." Scroll for the photos.

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The Photo That Broke The News

Nicki Minaj poses in a bikini with her baby bump
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Nicki, who sparked major pregnancy rumors in May as she tweeted about cravings and nausea, broke the news to her 119 million Instagram followers with a shot of herself cradling a massive bump as she flaunted her curves bikini-clad and with a loud yellow wig.

"#Preggers 💛," she captioned the shot now sitting at over 6.8 million likes.

The latest photo racking up over 1.7 million likes in under 45 minutes came as a zen garden shot with a goddess vibe and slight Catholic art edge. Check it out below.

'And Finally, The Virgin Mary;

Nicki Minaj poses in a garden photo with her baby bump
Nicki Minaj/Instagram

The rapper who famously dissed everyone from 50 Cent to Meek Mill in her "Barbie Dreams" track hadn't held back on her trademark sense of humor with the fourth pregnancy photo – surrounded by greenery and posing in a cut-out white dress to accentuate the bump, Minaj had shouted out American photographer David LaChapelle, writing:

"And finally, the Virgin Mary by #DavidLaChapelle 🙏."

Nicki, still criticized for her choice of husband – Petty is a registered sex offender with 12 arrests to his name, found herself showered with nothing but love. And she's raked in half of celebrity Instagram. Scroll for the celeb replies.

Rakes In Half Of Celebrity Instagram

Nicki Minaj poses with her baby bump in a bikini on a couch
Nicki Minaj/Instagram

The celebrity world has been commenting. Nicki's headline-making announcement received likes from stars including 53-year-old Oscar winner Halle Berry, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Rinna, plus model Jordyn Woods and actress La La Anthony.

Reality face NeNe Leakes wrote: "OMGGGGGG! You gonna be a mommy," with singer Normani replying:"You’re going to be the most amazing mommy sis 🤍✨🙏🏾 my heart smiles for you. congratulations!!!!!!"

Likes and comments also came in from Porsha Williams, Vanessa Hudgens, Tekashi6ix9ine's girlfriend Jade, and Eminem's daughter Hailie Jade. More below.

Talks 'Love, Marriage' And 'Baby Carriage'

Nicki Minaj with Kenneth Petty in the street
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Nicki's husband Kenneth is already a father of five, although this will be the first time around for the "TROLLZ" rapper. Nicki's third photo of the day, seeing her posing on a pale pink couch while cradling her bump in a bikini, came with mentions of her husband.

"Love. Marriage. Baby carriage. Overflowing with excitement & gratitude. Thank you all for the well wishes. 💛"

Nicki is assumed to have been pregnant when she went topless to shoot the chart-topping "TROLLZ" music video with 24-year-old rapper Tekashi6ix9ine.

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