Nick Cannon is pissed that Mariah wants ‘ladies’ man’ Lenny Kravitz for ‘Idol’

Mariah Carey Lenny Kravitz

At first glance, I was all like “whatever” when I spotted the Enquirer’s headline about Nick Cannon being jealous of Mariah Carey getting all kinds of friendly with Lenny Kravitz. But it makes sense, really. Mariah and Lenny apparently go way back, and they’ve been in two movies together lately — 2009’s Precious and the upcoming The Butler — so they’re not exactly mere casual acquaintances in the biz. Certainly, Nick has been aware of their friendship, but he hasn’t let it get to him; that is, until now.

The trouble all started when Mariah (who has so far shown herself to be quite opinionated on the topic of prospective fellow “American Idol” judges) decided to take to her Twitter account in an effort to convince “Idol” producers to consider Lenny Kravitz as a judge. She tweeted the above photo of herself with Lenny as well. Of course, I kind of doubt Lenny even has “Idol” on his radar at all because he’s always so busy with his international touring and, you know, being so damn fabulous on his own. Then again, I also assumed Lenny was too cool to hang with Gwyneth Paltrow (let alone allow her to call him “Leonard”), but I was wrong on that account. For whatever reason, Lenny is playing along with Mariah’s suggestion for now, and he answered her tweet favorably. Now Nick has reportedly grown quite irritated with all of this madness, and here’s the details from the Enquirer:

Mariah Carey Lenny Kravitz

Mariah Carey and hubby Nick Cannon are back at each other’s throats — over her too-close-for-comfort relationship with rockin’ ladies’ man Lenny Kravitz! “America’s Got Talent” host Nick, 31, hit the roof when Mariah suggested Lenny, 48, join her as a judge on “American Idol,” sources say.

“Mariah and Lenny have been friends since they were young,” said a source. “They had a crush on each other, and all their friends knew it.” The two Grammy winners worked together on the 2009 movie Precious, and they were both in New Orleans recently filming the upcoming movie, The Butler.

And Nick blew up when Mariah, 43, posted a picture of herself with the “American Woman” singer on her Twitter page on Aug. 20 with a message urging “Idol” brass to hire him. “Mariah told Nick to relax because lenny probably wouldn’t even consider doing the show,” said the source.

“But Nick told her, ‘That’s not the point! I know how you feel about him!’ mariah assured Nick that she and Lenny are just good friends, but Nick’s not so sure.”

His suspicions first heated up in May when Kravitz posted a cozy picture of him with his arm around Mariah’s waist on his Facebook page. The two had bumped into each other in Morocco while Kravitz was on tour and Mariah was vacationing with the couple’s twins Moroccan and Monroe.

“Although Nick was upset at the time, he let it go,” said the insider. “But now that Mariah’s actively campaigning to get Lenny on ‘Idol,’ he’s convinced that she has more history with Lenny than she’s let on. And it’s eating away at him!”

As The Enquirer has reported, Nick’s already hunappy about Mariah taking the “idol” job because it competes directly with his show.

[From The Enquirer, print edition, September 20, 2012]

Meanwhile, there’s a story in this week’s Star about how Nick is pushing Mariah to have more kids, but since she’s just about to start “Idol,” Mariah told Nick that “her career is her baby now.” Uh-oh. There have already been murmurs about Nick not exactly being thrilled with Mariah’s new gig, but I hope they can weather the storm. They kind of have to, really. I don’t think either one of them could find partners to keep up with their respective idiosyncracies at this point. Mariah is definitely far too high maintenance for someone like Lenny.

Mostly, this post also provides me with a great excuse to post some recent photos of Lenny Kravitz. Here he is in NYC’s East Village on 8/23 and onstage in Switzerland on 7/20. Lenny just doesn’t age at all, and he’s looking mighty fine for 48 years.

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Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

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Photos courtesy of Twitter and WENN

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  1. Joanna says:

    Now, there’s a fine man, ladies! yum, yum!

    • autumndaze says:

      Nick seems to be a compassionate human being and a down to earth man; Mariah should be thanking her lucky stars….

  2. Jackie O says:

    i highly doubt mariah would catch lenny’s eye in any kind of romantic/sexual way.

  3. keats says:

    Haha. Lenny kravitz starts his tweets with ‘girl.’ Of course.

  4. paola says:

    Oh Nick..get a grip! Lenny’s hot you’re not!

  5. TheOriginalKitten says:

    L. Kravitz is insane amounts of ageless hotness. That being said, I like Nick Cannon a lot. He just seems like such a genuinely good guy.

  6. kas says:

    Oh Nick, you have nothing to worry about. There is nothing more robustly masculine than those back to school commercials you do for Office Depot.

  7. Diva says:

    I don’t believe Nick would be upset about her and Lenny’s friendship. She hangs out with a lot of “ladies men” in the industry and if that doesn’t upset him I doubt this will. On another note I think Lenny and MC would be awesome on AI.

  8. Courtney says:

    Nick is not upset one iota about Mariah wanting Lenny to be one of her co judges on Idol they’ve been friends since they were teenagers. the press needs to find a new whipping boy

  9. Sports Gal says:

    When does AI typically start filming auditions? October-November?

    “Catching Fire” rehearsals and filming start around then, so even logistically his schedule wouldn’t allow for it.

    But man, I would start watching AI again to see his hotness weekly.

    • Migdalia says:

      I don’t want to be a spoiler alert but yeah…his schedule would actually allow for it O_o

  10. Honeybooboo says:

    Honestly, maybe just maybe they could save Idol…lol, ok i’m not even gonna lie, i don’t watch it. All i know is For years and years they’ve gone without having legitimate judges (minus Steven Tyler, i luvs him)to actually help give negative/positive feedback. Mariah and Lenny both have the experience and status to carry this show. Oh and Lenny…<3.

  11. KellyinSeattle says:

    Lenny has always been HOT. But I doubt Nick really cares that much that he may be on Idol….although I wish that show would cease and desist.

  12. Migdalia says:

    Shut the front door?! 48 YEARS OLD?! Wow…all I have to say lol

  13. Trina says:

    He gets better looking as he ages-but don’t a lot of men.

    I remember when he was married to Lisa Bonet. I played his “Let Love Rule” album all the time when I was stationed in Turkey.

    He was also great in “The Hunger Games”

  14. michiem says:

    so how old is Mariah if Lenny and her knew each other as “teenagers”

  15. erika says:

    git over yourselves!!!

    these two have the most inflatted egos…makes me so glad i don’t watch idol anymore and haven’t for years….i’m bored with it…

    and there’s no way i’m going to tolerate or support wacka-diva carey….you go be a judge girl and let that basket of puppies die…

  16. Sickinbed says:

    Mmmmmmm… five minutes would be all it takes for him to “Lenmatize” me. I would wake up the next morning, wondering what the hell happened, and I wouldn’t be able to look myself in the eye in the mirror knowing I was “‘Lennied”. He is my secret mmmhmmm, yes ma’am, I’ll have another please.

  17. Sickinbed says:

    Mmm… five minutes would be all it takes for him to “Lenmatize” me. I would wake up the next morning, wondering what the hell happened, and I wouldn’t be able to look myself in the eye in the mirror knowing I was “‘Lennied”. He is my secret mmmhmmm, yes ma’am, I’ll have another please.

  18. Kosmos says:

    I can understand Nick’s concern. If Nick had a crush on some woman and wanted her to work next to him on his show, Mariah would not take it lightly either. Mariah should not focus too much on Lenny or encourage him out of respect for Nick. However, she just had 2 babies, and Nick should not be pressuring her for more kids. Why more? Wants her to stay home and be a mommy, more security for Nick that she’s not out there & available? I love Mariah, she’s one of my all time favorite singers. But Lenny might be cool on the show, but hasn’t he had sooooo many women he’s gone though? That’s not so appealing, sorry…

  19. Kosmos says:

    About Idol, I think it’s bad for the show that they do so much speculation in public about who will be the new judges. They should just secretly make those negotiations and pick, let it be a surprise to the pubic instead of nit picking around until the issues become too tattered for us to care anymore. I personally hated that they got JLo on the show, so I never watched it for that reason. With Mariah, she’s a fave of mine, so I may watch it again.