Mariah Carey Felt ‘Unsafe’ Around Nicki Minaj On ‘Idol’ Set

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Mariah Carey sat down with Barbara Walters on “Nightline” and opened up about her feud with Nicki Minaj on” American Idol.” Carey confirms that she beefed up security after she felt physically threatened by Nicki on set.

“It felt like an unsafe work environment,” she said. “Anytime anybody’s reeling threats at somebody, you know, it’s not appropriate. I’m a professional. I’m not used to that type of environment.”

When asked whether she feels that lyrics in Nicki’s song “Hell Yeah” were shots at her (“That’s why these big names wanna toss the deal/OkayI’ll take it, sign on the dotted line/But I’m quick to the check a bitch if she outta line”), the diva rolled her eyes… literally.

“Don’t know. Don’t know what she’s saying. I didn’t know she sang. I thought she rapped uh, whatever,” Mariah said. “I think it’s a classic, classy show and it didn’t need this,” Mariah said about “American Idol.” The songbird says that she’s put the beef to rest and made up with Nicki. “For me ultimately, this is about the kids, the contestants,” she concluded.

It’s been reported that things may still be tense as “Idol” gears up for its season premiere. According to a recent article in THR, Nicki refused to talk about their drama but she did offer up this much: “I am scary and intimidating. I definitely demand respect. I’m also a sweet person. I’m a loving person. But I don’t want to be f—ed with.” While Mariah kept it vague as well, she did mention the panel seems to be fine. “Sometimes things get heated for their own reasons. I don’t think the panel has an issue,” she said.