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Stevie Nicks Apologizes for Saying She'd 'Strangle' Nicki Minaj

'It was very out of character for me and I deeply regret what I said'

Nicki Minaj and Stevie Nicks
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October 10, 2012 5:05 PM ET

Stevie Nicks is "truly sorry" for her aggressive statements towards Nicki Minaj after Minaj reportedly threatened Mariah Carey on the American Idol set, notes the Hollywood Reporter. Nicks, who appeared as a guest mentor on Season 11 of Idol, told the Daily yesterday, "How dare this little girl!... If I had been Mariah, I would have walked over to Nicki and strangled her to death right there."

Today, Nicks backtracked. "I want to apologize for my remarks about Nicki Minaj's behavior toward Mariah Carey, which I said during a long and exhausting day of interviews," the Fleetwood Mac singer said in a statement. "It was very out of character for me and I deeply regret what I said. I feel very protective toward Mariah Carey, who has gone through many difficulties in her life, and I spoke without thinking. I think all artists should be respectful toward one another and that includes me. I am truly sorry." Idol producers have denied a feud between Carey and Minaj.

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