Stevie Nicks
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Think Stevie Nicks is as gentle and soft as one of her ethereal shawls? Think again. Fleetwood Mac’s ex-frontwoman is rock royalty — and she’s not afraid to lay a verbal smackdown on someone who hasn’t paid her dues. Update: Nicks has apologized for the remarks she made about Minaj — see her full statement below.

Nicks had some choice words for Nicki Minaj after hearing about the rapper’s fight with Mariah Carey on the set of American Idol. “How dare this little girl!” she told The DailyMinaj is in her late 20s; Nicks is 64 — adding, “If I had been Mariah, I would have walked over to Nicki and strangled her to death right there.”

Whoa! So much for Nicks of different feathers sticking together. The rocker then continued in that same vein: “I would have killed her in front of all those people and had to go to jail for it.” Sounds like an awesome storyline for a procedural crime drama — and a slightly less awesome thing to happen in real life.

But don’t be afraid, reality judges of the present and future — you needn’t worry about a homicidal Nicks joining your ranks. Here’s how Stevie responded when asked if she’d ever want to judge a show like Idol: “If you stick me in the middle of a burning fire, I don’t think I’d like it very much.”

That’s a great opening line for a new song.

This afternoon, Nicks released a statement apologizing for what she said about Minaj: “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,” it begins. “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.”

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