With the new season of "American Idol" gearing up for its premiere on Jan. 16, the show's judges have already gone into promotion overdrive.
Nicki Minaj sat down for an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday and during their discussion she dished on her ongoing feud with fellow "AI" judge Mariah Carey.
The rapper said there is still tension between the two but she tries to work through it. She also told DeGeneres she was confused about what went wrong with their relationship.
“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," she said. "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.”
After all was said and done, Minaj said her anger got the best of her.
“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," she added. "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.
Although the "Starships" singer admitted that she was hurt by Carey's actions, she said she "cannot hold a grudge against Mariah Carey." Minaj said she looked up to the singer for many years - "since she came out, 'Vision of Love' all that" - and has gotten over any tension they had in the past even though Carey might not 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,” she said.
“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," she continued on to say. "I am not really a crazy psycho, you guys.”
Back in October the two judges were secretly filmed arguing during "AI" auditions.