President Obama has his say on Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey fight

The US president says he's 'confident' that the American Idol judges will 'sort it out'

US President Barack Obama has, bizarrely, commented on the drawn-out infighting between American Idol judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.

Speaking with radio host Michael Yo – via TMZ – Obama commented:

I think that they are going to be able to sort it out… I am confident. I’m all about bringing people together, working for the same cause. I think both outstanding artists are going to be able to make sure that they’re moving forward and not going backwards.

Earlier this month Minaj threatened to “knock out” Carey during a taping of the American Idol auditions. reported the fight started after Carey called Minaj “a bitch”.

Obama was asked who his favourite of the two was, and chose Carey, saying: “Mariah. She’s actually done some events for us. I’ve gotten to know her and Nick [Cannon, husband]. She’s a wonderful lady.”

He then said: “Nicki, I don’t know, but I’ve got her on my iPod.”

Nicki Minaj recently backtracked on claims that she’ll be voting Republican in the forthcoming US election and has said that she will actually be supporting Obama.

The rapper had seemed to endorse Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a new song titled ‘Mercy’, a collaboration with Lil Wayne on his ‘Dedication 4’ mixtape. In it, Minaj says: “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy bitches is fucking up the economy.”

She went on to confirm via Twitter that she was in character on the track and told Obama that she was “sending her love and support”.

Nicki Minaj returns to the UK later this month for an eight-date arena tour. The run of shows begins at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena on October 21 and runs until November 7, when Minaj headlines Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. The tour also includes stops in Liverpool, Birmingham, London and Sheffield.

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