Nicki Minaj on feud with Mariah: “I am not really a crazy psycho. I swear”

The new season of American Idol premieres tonight. I’m reminded by the huge ads on People’s website. As part of the lead-up, we’ve heard several interviews with Mariah Carey, who has of course been asked repeatedly about her caught-on-tape feud with co-judge Nicki Minaj. Mariah has responded to those questions just as we’ve come to expect from her: she’s said things like “It’s a distraction from the show,” she claimed that it was “one-sided” and explained her coping method: “In that moment I don’t hear you; I don’t see you; you don’t exist to me at this moment — that’s what it is.” So it’s nice to hear Nicki, who seems to have instigated the argument, admit that she’s a diva and that she butted heads with Mariah. In an interview on Ellen yesterday, Nicki explained that her feelings were hurt by some rumors that Mariah didn’t like her, so she “overcompensated by being crazy.”

On why she bitched out Mariah
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.

On if she’s still mad at Mariah
We’re fine. 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.

On if she’s looking forward to live shows
I’m not looking forward to live shows. I cannot trust myself. ust 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 to crazy because then I don’t want to look like a crazy psycho again. I am not really a crazy psycho you guys, Seriously, please, no. I swear…No, I am serious. I am really not…

[From The Ellen show received via email]

This interview reminded me that Ellen was a judge on American Idol for a season! I almost forgot all about that. It’s not like Ellen was talking about it in the clip I saw, but she does have an insider’s perspective on Idol.

As for Nicki and Mariah, it seemed clear Nicki’s comments that things are still very strained with Mariah. They’ve reached a tentative truce, but there’s the potential for some arguments and their beef does seem genuine. It’s not a put on for ratings. (Which the show needs relative to its prior success.) Still, Fox is surely counting on people tuning in to see Mariah and Nicki give each other the evil eye and bitch each other out. This makes me wonder how they’re going to hype the argument when it comes time to air. I’ll DVR this show and fast forward through the boring parts. Chances are low I’ll keep up with it all season though since it’s very hard for me to make more than a one-hour a week commitment to a show. (Why do they drag it out to two hours twice a week? It feels interminable at times.)

Here’s a clip of Nicki on Ellen:

Nicki Minaj is shown at the American Idol season premiere on 1-12-13 and on New Year’s Eve. (curly wig) Mariah Carey is shown on 1-4-13 credit:

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  1. Little Darling says:

    Except when I’m being a crazy psycho and blocking your “good side” of course. 😉

  2. Marissa says:

    Not gonna lie, I really like that color-blocked dress that Nicki’s wearing. BUT, I do think that this Mariah and Nicki feud is being soooo dragged out. They’re both divas with egos as big as their wigs. Of course those two are gonna go at it. I just know that I don’t care for American Idol anymore, so I won’t be watching.

    • Pnnylne says:

      But Mariah’s ego is somewhat justified. I do however think this feud is just a stunt to boost ratings. Does anyone even watch AI anymore?

  3. Gia says:

    Too late for that, love.

  4. handsome man saved me from the monsters says:

    Maybe if we all ignore her, she will go away?

  5. gg says:

    Because she’s actually a lunatic sociopath.

  6. Axis2ClusterB says:

    Does anyone else feel like a huge prank was played on Keith Urban? Like, they got him signed on with Idol by telling him that his co-judges would be, say, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, then pulled a big ‘Gotcha!’ with Nicki and Mariah?

  7. MonicaQ says:

    This budget girl need to sit down somewhere. At least Mariah can sing.

  8. aang says:

    “I’m not really crazy psycho, I just dress like I am”

  9. china says:

    I love Mariah and I hate Nicki. Her stage name is menage n she’s marketed to young children. Wtf?!?!

  10. KellyinSeattle says:

    She looks like one of the “Founding Fathers” in the last photo….she may not be psycho crazy but she is completely annoying.

  11. TheOneAndOnly says:

    I will be glad when AI bites the dust that this talentless autotuned nitwit is considered a “star” is a tribute to massive marketing and lack of taste and discernment; enough has been written and posted about how staged the shows are, who wants to watch a staged, pseudo-reality show were most of the winners disappear in a few years. Does hollywood believe everyone is that naive?

  12. Rene says:

    She’s seriously complaining about an 8 hour work day, really? That’s pretty sad. :/ Anyway, it might be terrible to say, I just think she’s overrated and rather annoying. Why is she popular?

  13. kk says:

    Who is this no talent thing anyway? He/she?? whatever had never paid her dues as anyh kind of celeb and needs to go away into the night or back to the rock she came out from under. MC has paid her dues, has talent and doesn;t dress like some flake from a nut ward. aI see no reason why the hell they hired her in the firset place…get rid of it.

  14. bELLA says:


  15. cannonball says:

    this whole thing is a set-up for ratings. fake.

  16. Jec says:

    God I can’t stand this skank. Why is she even famous? She has no talent and just bitches about people who are way more talented than she’ll ever be. She’s as successful as a disease; heard about and makes many sick but will wear off eventually.

  17. Amy says:

    This show is still on the air?

    Also when Mariah Carey is faced with somebody she dislikes, she basically becomes passive aggressive and ignores you and “pretends like you aren’t there.” I hate people who do this and who do not confront the problem. I lived with somebody like this and it was awful. I’m no Nicki Minaj fan but I can understand why she went off on Mariah if this is indeed what Maria did (and I totally can see her doing this).

  18. Snooze says:

    Not eight whole hours of work in a row!!