Mariah Carey Is Moving on From 'American Idol' Feud With Nicki Minaj
After 200 million albums sold, countless chart-topping singles and the title of best-selling female artist of all time, Mariah Carey already had it all after two decades in the spotlight.
Then came American Idol, a deal with which she is rumored to cash in $18 million a season. "I think we're in the ballpark, [but] I can't even talk about those things," Carey told ABC's Barbara Walters in a Nightline interview on Monday.
But the hit Fox competition show hasn’t been all smooth sailing since Carey signed on the dotted line.Nicki Minaj, 29, bickering with — and spewing F-bombs at — fellow new judge Carey, 42, during auditions in Charlotte, N.C. “There was a very heated, intense argument towards the end of the day,” Idol host Ryan Seacrest said of the bitter blowout on his morning radio show, adding that it went “a little too far.”
Carey — who's making waves with a new bikini photo reportedly taken while Down Under for her mini Australia tour — claimed that after the cameras stopped rolling, others heard Minaj make further threats like, "If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch," as Walters revealed on her daytime talk show, The View.
"It felt like an unsafe work environment," Carey told Walters. "Anytime anybody's reeling threats at somebody, you know, it's not appropriate. I'm a professional. I'm not used to that type of environment."
That’s why Carey made a move to beef up her security team. "I just felt it was the appropriate thing to do," she explained. "Sitting there on the road with two babies, I'm not going to take any chances."
"For me, ultimately, this is about the kids, the contestants," Carey continued. "I've been blessed to live my dream more than half my life, so I want help give that back to someone else."
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