There were rumors earlier that the "Mariah Carey - Nicki Minaj feud" had reached the point that Carey increased her security, but that was never confirmed -- until now. In an interview that Carey had with ABC News' Barbara Walters on Monday (embedded), the "American Idol" judge said that she felt insecure after Minaj's threats, and beefed up security as a result.
The reports of the feud emerged in October, as the new “American Idol” season's auditions began. One fight was caught on camera (seen here), and Carey has later publicly claimed that after the incident several people said that they heard Minaj say, "If I had a gun, I would shoot that bitch," referring to Carey.
Minaj has denied she ever said anything like that, and called the accusations "fabricated." Others, including "American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe, said the feud was quite real.
Additionally, just a few days after the first stories about the feud, Walters -- speaking on "The View" -- related tales of the threats, and more.
In the interview with Walters, Carey took a definite swipe at Minaj. When asked about a song that Minaj released recently, "Hell Yeah," and lyrics that seem directly at her, Carey said:
Don't know what she's singing; I didn't know she sang; I thought she rapped -- or whatever.
At least some of the lyrics in question are:
I'll take it, sign on the dotted line
But I'm quick to check a bitch if she outta line
Shout out Mike, Darnell, and Nigel
Why these bums so mad that the queen on Idol
Asked further, if the show had been harmed by the feud, Carey answered:
I think it's a classic, classy show and it didn't need this.
However, Carey also sees the bottom line: It's possible "Idol" will benefit from the feud.
For all the drama, I hope it helps the show.
The new season of "American Idol" debuts Jan. 16 at 8 PM on FOX.