The last few years have been non-stop for Nicki Minaj, yet even as her star continues to rise, she’s fearful of fame.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Minaj opened up about joining American Idol, and potentially being too accessible to the public.
“Sometimes you are afraid of being too famous because it’s almost, like, is that even cool? Being that accessible, someone you see on TV every week? I never pictured myself as that type of person. I’m still surprised that I decided to do it.”
In choosing to become a judge on the show, the Young Money star consulted with her inner circle. “I had a lot of talks with people— my family, my best friends, my label, Lil Wayne, management and then the producers.”
Much has been made about the 30-year-old’s feud with fellow judge Mariah Carey, and as the Idol premiere date draws near fans will get a chance to see how the two communicate with one another. Since the firestorm behind their disagreement died down, Minaj has somewhat changed her tune, and doesn’t rule out a potential second collaboration with Carey. “If she’ll have me, I’ll be here waiting,” she told Ryan Seacrest, last November.
Carey’s husband, Nick Cannon, has also said that the two should jump on another record together (their previous collaboration was for Carey’s “Up Out My Face” in 2010), but as of now there are no plans to get in the studio.
In the meantime, fans can see Carey and Minaj when American Idol premieres Jan. 16 on Fox.