Nicki on Mariah: ‘I Cannot Hold a Grudge’ (VIDEO)
Minaj cleared the air about her infamous feud with her fellow American Idol judge during a sit-down interview on Ellen (airing Tuesday afternoon), and from the sound of it, all is well between the pair.
“I don’t know. It was just two big old divas, I guess,” Minaj said to Ellen Degeneres. “I was just like sitting there, and I guess before I went in there I heard all the stuff that was being said, but I didn’t believe it. I heard them saying ‘Mariah doesn’t want you on the panel’ but I was like, ‘No. I am friends with Mariah.’ I was like arguing people down. Like, ‘Don’t believe everything you read, you’re crazy.’ And so I went there and I started to feel a bit of the shade. And I just kind of overcompensated by being crazier.”
But lashing out with her “crazier” persona didn’t fare well, Minaj admitted.
“If you know someone maybe doesn’t like you. It’s kind of like, now you’re gonna like really go in and show hey, because it’s like a defense mechanism. You know what I mean? It’s really that. You’re feelings are hurt and you can’t believe it so you kind of just compensate with being crazy,” the “Starships” rapper added.
season 12ready to hit airwaves on Jan. 16, Minaj has vowed to play nice.
“We’re fine. I cannot hold a grudge against Mariah Carey,” she said, adding that admired Carey while growing up.
“What people don’t understand is that I’ve looked up to her for so many years. Since she came out, “Vision of Love” all that. Me and my mother would sing her songs like all day and all night,” Minaj revealed. “So I don’t know if she’s gotten over it but I have. I mean, I’m over there cracking up laughing, having fun and if she’s still holding a grudge. I don’t know. Like I don’t care.”
As Idol’s live shows loom in the horizon, the only thing on Minaj’s mind is keeping her composure — just in case a “slick” comment is thrown in her direction.
“Just like if there’s a slick comment being made, I just want it to go well. It’s about the contestants. We have a lot of great talent, and I don’t want anyone on the panel to say something too crazy because then I don’t want to look like a crazy psycho again. I am not really a crazy psycho, you guys,” she said.
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