Thought You Had A Friend, Huh? Nicki Minaj Says She Thought She And Mariah Were Friends, Until “American Idol” Made Mimi Change…

May 10, 2013  |  

With only one more week left of the trainwreck that has been this season of American Idol, it’s clear that folks just don’t care anymore. Blame it on the fact that they might all be getting the axe in a minute. Aside from a few early interviews that went left and alleged threats of gun violence that Barbara Walters got in the middle of, the judges of the show have kept it pretty tame and professional in the media. But over the last few weeks, Mariah and Nicki have been going at it both on the show and on Twitter. Now the Nickster has spoken with Ryan Seacrest about why things went so sour between herself and Carey and why, despite all that, she would do it all again if given the chance.

“One of the reasons I did “Idol” was because, when there were rumors circulating about me doing Idol, my fans were like, ‘We’re going to get to see Nicki on TV every week???’ I wouldn’t be doing this without that kind of bond that I have with my fans.”

On how her relationship with Mariah turned negative:

“Imagine someone that you’ve loved your whole life. Imagine you meeting them and then all of a sudden feeling like you did something horrible to them but you just don’t know what you did. That’s what my relationship with Mariah is, and that’s what it’s been from the beginning.”

“I just really thought that we were friends, but that’s the other thing I learned that this industry is so fake. You walk away thinking people are your friends and they’re not. It’s a couple nice hi and byes and then really, you better not step on nobody’s toes, you know? And God forbid you get a little shine. And God forbid you’re maybe witty or quick on your toes or make someone laugh. Then maybe you’re making another person feel insecure. And you shouldn’t have to dim your light to let another person shine.”

“I came in to do ‘Idol’ really in my heart, thinking that we were going to be the most fun judges of all time. I was like, ‘I love Mariah.’ We’re gonna be so good together because we’re both funny, we’re crazy, we have a past relationship, and the only person I didn’t know if I would understand or get, or who would get me, was Keith.”

Of course, Nicki and Keith seem to have the closest connection of all the judges now. But is that friendship enough to get her to come back for another season (if she doesn’t get fired)?

“That’s the million dollar question. I want people to know it’s genuine from my heart. I love the people. If I had to do this all over again, I would do Idol. It’s fun. It’s laughs. It’s kind of sad what people read all the time is only when something is negative. They don’t realize we built a family. I feel happy here. I have to thank Idol for giving me this chance. They could have picked anyone, and they picked me.”

Interesting. The two did work together a few years ago on the remix of Mariah’s “Up Out My Face.” So maybe she thought because of that, they were going to get along swimmingly on the show. Guess not…

Check out her full sit-down with Seacrest on E! News on the next page:

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