Nicki Minaj Addresses Her Temper, Her Past, And Mariah Carey 'American Idol' Feud With Jay Leno [VIDEO]

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By Amethyst Tate | January 16, 2013 3:03 AM EST

Nicki Minaj stopped by 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' Monday night, and spoke about her past as an actress during high school, and her feud with Mariah Carey.

Minaj, who is a co-judge alongside Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, and Carey on talent competition ‘American Idol,’ wore her signature blond wig, a pink dress and blazer, and gold necklace.

The show is set to premiere it's latest season Wednesday Jan. 16.

When asked about her high school days at performing arts school LaGuardia in Manhattan, Minaj spoke about her passion for acting, but the lack of diversity at the acclaimed school.

"I felt that I was at home because all of the other kids were crazy like me, but I was the only black girl in the school. 

There was like two black people in the entire drama class, and I was the other one. And I'm still friends with the other black girl.”

Minaj also addressed whether or not she has a temper. “I wouldn’t say I have a temper…Last year, I did. In 2013 baby, I am on the road to recovery. Yes ma’am!”

In October, at the "American Idol" auditions in Charlotte, N.C., Minaj had a heated altercation with her co-judge, Carey,  as Keith Urban sat between the superstars. 

“I told them I’m not [expletive] putting up with your [expletive] highness over here,” Minaj reportedly said during the interaction. 

Meanwhile, Carey’s responses are inaudible in a video that was released by TMZ.

Taping for the hit talent competition was halted after the shouting match.

But Minaj told Leno that she loves Carey. “I’m one of her biggest fans in the world, darling. [...] It definitely wasn’t a fake feud, that I can say for a fact. It’s just one of those weird things you’d have to see to get it.  

A lot of it starts off with us just joking but we are passionate, and both crazy and then sometimes it just goes *makes cat noise*.” 

Watch Nicki Minaj’s interview on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' below.

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