Nicki Minaj has confirmed she became a mother to a bouncing baby boy last month and admits she is "madly in love" with the new arrival.

The 37-year-old rapper thanked her celebrity friends for sending their well-wishes and shared snaps of messages from famous faces including Beyonce, Kim Kardashian West and fashion designer Riccardo Tisci.

Minaj, who married partner Kenneth Petty in 2019,  wrote on Instagram: "Thank you to Queen B, Kim & Ye, Riccardo Tisci, Winnie, Karol & everyone who sent well wishes during this time.

"It meant the world to me. I am so grateful & in love with my son. Madly in love. My favourite liddo boy in the whole wide world."

The handwritten note from mother-of-three Beyonce read: "Onika, Welcome to motherhood. God bless you and your family. B."

The message from Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye, who have four children, read: "Congrats! We love you! Kim + Kanye."

Chart-topping rapper Minaj, whose hits include Super Bass and Anaconda, announced she was pregnant in July.

Alongside a picture of her cradling her bump while wearing a floral bikini and high heels, Minaj wrote on Instagram: "#Preggers." 

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