Stevie Nicks apologises for threatening to ‘strangle’ Nicki Minaj

Fleetwood Mac singer said her comment was 'out of character'

Fleetwood Mac‘s Stevie Nicks has apologised for saying she would like to “strangle” Nicki Minaj.

The singer made the threat in an interview with The Daily, when she was asked how she would respond if Nicki Minaj had insulted her in the same way she spoke to Mariah Carey on American Idol.

Speaking to the website yesterday (October 11), Nicks said: “How dare this little girl…If I had been Mariah, I would have walked over to Nicki and strangled her to death right there. I would have killed her in front of all those people and had to go to jail for it.”

But now the singer has backtracked and issued an apology to Minaj through US gossip website Just Jared, saying: “I want to apologise for my remarks about Nicki Minaj’s behaviour toward Mariah Carey which I said during a long and exhausting day of interviews. It was very out of character for me and I deeply regret what I said.”

She added: “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.”

Nicki Minaj threatened to “to “knock out” Mariah Carey during a taping of the American Idol auditions. The warring duo came to blows when a disagreement over a contestant’s performance prompted Minaj to launch a tirade of insults towards Carey – you can watch footage of the fight below.