Over a year-and-a-half after Nicki Minaj‘s husband, Kenneth ‘Zoo’ Petty, was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender in the state of California, the crime still haunts him.
And while he plead not guilty at the time, the 43-year-old – who did later satisfy his legal requirement to register as a sex offender in the Golden State – made headlines this week (September 9) for entering a plea deal for the infraction. Facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release, the world will learn Petty’s fate at his sentencing on January 24, 2022.
As the report continued to circulate over the net, Minaj’s fans – affectionately called #Barbz – speculated the news is the reason the GRAMMY nominee is opting out of attending Sunday’s MTV VMAs (September 12), despite previously confirming she’d be in the house.
During a Q&A session Thursday (September 9), Minaj let it be known she will not be in attendance at the VMAs but did not mention if her appearance was set to be as a spectator or a performer alongside former Little Mix star Jesy Nelson for their teased joint tune, ‘Boyz.’
Regardless, it’s safe to say some fans didn’t appreciate the report of her absence.