On Thursday, Nicki Minaj shocked the music industry when she announced via her Twitter page that she would be retiring from music to start a family.

"I've decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, :x: in the box- cuz ain't nobody checkin me," she tweeted.

Fans already knew that she and her fiance Kenneth "Zoo" Petty were preparing to walk down the aisle, as the couple have already obtained their marriage license. Nicki also revealed previously that she wanted to have a child with Kenny.

According to TMZ though, Nicki has been recording a lot of music and has studio time booked in for the rest of the month - so will Nicki be dropping an album before she makes her exit?

Either way - the Barbz are sad to see their fearless leader leave the game. Here are a few reactions from Twitter: