Nicki Minaj came up with inventive ways to hide her blossoming baby bump as fans were convinced about her pregnancy in the months running up to her announcement.

Pregnant Nicki Minaj cleverly hid her growing baby bump during fan speculation. Nicki Minaj came up with inventive ways to hide her blossoming baby bump as fans were convinced about her pregnancy in the months running up to her announcement Nicki Minaj announced she was pregnant on Monday after months of speculation. The Superbass singer, 37, revealed the exciting news on Instagram with a series of iconic snaps exposing her blossoming bump. She is expecting her baby with controversial husband Kenneth Petty, 42, who is a registered sex offender.

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We take a look at how Nicki cleverly disguised her bump as fans were convinced about her pregnancy before she finally announced it. The famous singer often disguised her bump with props, which fans noticed back in May. She was lying on her bed wearing a tight T-shirt, but when she pointed the camera at her stomach, it was covered up. At the time, Nicki said nothing about the baby rumours and continued to post revealing snaps on social media.

She used a Barbie doll to hide her growing stomach. Photo: Instagram.

But now Nicki has revealed she's expecting her first child, it all makes sense. A month before, fans asked the star outright if she was expecting a child with her husband when she seemingly hid her stomach with a baby shark in promotional snaps for Trollz. Then when one cheeky fan asked her for a baby bump pic, she responded: "The world ain't ready yet."

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Later in June, she uploaded a snap to promote her music video for the song, posing in nipple pasties, where she was secretly hiding her baby bump. She covered up her stomach with high-waisted shorts, which again sparked rumours she was expecting. After Nicki shared the racy snap to Instagram, fans immediately began to question if her outrageous outfit was used as a distracting technique to hide a blossoming bump.

She covered up her belly with high-waisted shorts. Photo: Instagram.

The revealing snap left a fan commenting "Does she look pregnant to you, or am I tripping?"

Nicki also brushed off rumours by posting selfies to avoid exposing her stomach. But now the secret is out, and Nicki has said she is "overflowing with excitement and gratitude". In an interview in June last year, she said her end goal with Kenneth was to be pregnant. Nicki and her husband will celebrate their first wedding anniversary later this year after getting hitched last October. He is a documented Level 2 sex offender on New York State's Sex Offender Registry. According to the registry, Kenneth was convicted of attempted first-degree rape for a 1994 assault that occurred when both he and the victim were 16.

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Nicki and her husband Kenneth Petty.

He was sentenced to between 18 and 54 months in state prison but served just under four years. Nicki came under fire for her romance with him but she snapped back: "He was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship. But go awf Internet. Y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life. Thank you boo."