Nicki Minaj: My Feud With Mariah Carey Is Real


Jan. 15 2013, Published 1:15 p.m. ET

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American Idol's Nicki Minaj - appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday - is once again saying her feud with Mariah Carey is indeed real, and not show biz schtick.

“It definitely isn’t a fake feud," she said.

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The Moment 4 Life singer -- calling herself one of Mariah's "biggest fans in the world" -- explained the dynamic in her rivalry with Mariah: "A lot of it just starts out us joking, but we're passionate, we're both crazy … and then sometimes it just goes, 'Roar,' and you can't really stop it.

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"It's just one of those weird things, you gotta see it to get it," the New Yorker said of her clash with the Grammy-winning singer.

Nicki, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, reminded Leno how he's been in a public "feud before" (Conan? Jimmy? Dave?); with that, she asked the grizzled late night host how to handle a public rivalry.

“I just ignore it," Leno said. "Let the other people feud. You’re a musician, you do what you do. We just do our show. I don’t say bad things about anybody. People do what they do."


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As we previously reported, the Super Bass singer exploded on Mariah during the show's October auditions in North Carolina, when she declared, "I'm not f***ing putting up with her highness over there -- figure it the f*** out, figure it out."

The feud escalated to frightening proportions after Nicki allegedly threatened to pull a gun the Vision of Love singer, a claim Nicki dubbed a "fabrication."

American Idol's 12th season begins Wednesday and Thursday on Fox at 8/7c.



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