Nicki Minaj's new boyfriend Kenneth Petty has a criminal past

Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty

Nicki Minaj's new boyfriend has a serious criminal past, and has a whole load of convictions to his name.

Kenneth Petty managed to get himself booked a total of 18 times while he was doing time for manslaughter in New York.

Various criminal convictions range from violent offences to threats.

Within 24 hours of being thrown behind bars, he managed to rack up his first offence while inside.

One incident in 2009 racked him up a further 8 violations, and ended up getting him 4 months in solitary confinement.

His erratic behavior in prison lead to him having privileges revoked.

Petty was convicted of first degree attempted rape back in 1995 when he was just 16 years old.  He did a 4 year stretch for that crime before going on to get done for manslaughter in 2006.

Minaj told friends recently that she thinks Petty has changed and that she's happier than ever now that she has rekindled her romance with the criminal.

It was also revealed in the last few days that Petty had been dating a Nicki Minaj lookalike known as Noelle.

Noelle took to twitter to say "Have no problem with her. But she messing with my man that was living with me!!

"How he just wake up and chase behind a rapper. I mean I know she famous and all and girls chase rappers all the time. But as a man. My man I wouldn’t expect that at all."

She added "Was mine he’s hers now."

Friends of Nicki claim that she's already talking about marriage and kids with Petty, and that she has no worries about his criminal past.