Nicki Minaj is about to join the cast of the biggest show on television — American Idol— but before she does, the singer joined Ellen DeGeneres to dish about her feud with fellow AI judge, Mariah Carey.
Minaj told DeGeneres: “I don’t know. It was just two big old divas, I guess. I was just like sitting there, and I guess before I went in there, I heard all the stuff that was being said [about me], 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.”
Minaj continued, “You know someone maybe doesn’t like you, it’s kind of like, now you’re gonna really go in…because it’s like a defense mechanism. You know what I mean? It’s really that. Your feelings are hurt and you can’t believe it, so you kind of just compensate with being crazy.”
So, have the two divas patched things in time for the show to go live? “We’re fine,” Minaj said. “I cannot hold a grudge against Mariah Carey. 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. 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.”
Watch Nicki Minaj’s interview in the video clip below: