Congrats! Rapper Nicki Minaj announces pregnancy

US rap queen Nicki Minaj surprised fans when she announced the pregnancy on Monday.(Courtesy of Instagram/@nickiminaj)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — US rap queen Nicki Minaj surprised fans when she announced her pregnancy on Monday.

The 37-year-old rapper posted to Instagram several images showing her baby bump. 

“#Preggers,” the caption read.

She posted a series of photos on both Instagram and Twitter, showing off her baby bump in a bedazzled bikini.

Another post she wrote, “Love. Marriage. Baby carriage. Overflowing with excitement & gratitude. Thank you all for the well wishes.”

Last October, the rapper dropped a bombshell by announcing her marriage to her childhood friend Kenneth Petty, saying that she was retiring to have a family.

Last month, the U.S. star talked to People magazine about her married life, saying how much she enjoyed it.

“When you have someone that feels like your soulmate or someone who understands you, it just makes you feel like you’re on top of the world,” she said.

Minaj has received numerous accolades, including six American Music Awards, twelve BET Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and two Billboard Women in Music Awards.

In addition, she was included in the 2016 Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.