The Idol rumor mill is spinning out extra-nasty news today, with reports that Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj drama have escalated from the initial maybe a little side-eye and screaming matches to alleged gun taunts. That’s right, according to Barbara Walters, Mariah says Nicki said, “If I had a gun, I would shoot the bitch.” Barbara versus the Barbz, dem babies and guns — has it really come to this?
As today’s story goes: Walters called her “good friend” Mariah this morning to hear her side of the story, and then reported back on their conversation this morning on The View, saying that the video is “troublesome, but that’s not what really worried her.” As Walters relays it:
“She said that when Nicki walked off the set, she heard multiple say, ‘If I had a gun, I would shoot the [bleep] bitch.’ [audience gasp] And she said there were staff members who heard, there were hairdressers, producers, other people. She said she is is very concerned, she is with her twins, she doesn’t feel that anything would happen. I am quoting now, but “nicki is unpredictable and Mariah says she can’t take a chance and she has hired extra security.”
Furthermore, she reports that the two stars have sat peacefully in meetings together since the eruptive episode, after one of which Nicki told Mariah, “I love you, but we might fight again.” To which Mariah responded, “No, we will not.” Mariah, Walters says, “doesn’t feel comfortable emotionally, but she will continue with the show because she loves the show.”
As for her part, Nicki claims that she never said those things and warns that “insecurity is as cruel as the grave.” Without a friend like Walter to turn to, Nicki used her Twitter account to get her side of the story out. “Ironically no camera or mic heard the gun comment tho. Lol @ the struggle. Not even the producers believed u. Say no to violence barbz,” she tweeted, downing the rumors and suggesting that, “ppl will believe it cuz she’s a black rapper. Lmao. I’ll then hit up Barbara n milk it.” Deeper into the rant, she spun-off about how she “never needed an army” and about how “it hurts 2 have the producers tell u to ur face that nicki is the best judge we’ve had since simon.” There were a whole bunch of #struggle’s thrown around, and then in conclusion, she tweeted:
There’s still reason to believe!
Before anything else, it seems important to remember that TMZ’s shaky video footage, information from “sources close to the show,” a game of telephone with Barbara Walters and a few tweets definitely do not a whole story tell. Both of these women have made lives and art of their perchance for zingers and drama. They are performers, and both have been known to say things that they don’t exactly mean like that when they are in character.
That said, who do we believe? Do you buy Nicki’s defense? Or Walter’s story? Do you worry about Mariah feeling “uncomfortable emotionally”? Or is it all being blown out of proportion?