“My wife is the strongest and classiest woman that I’ve ever met, if you watch the video, she just maintains her composure,” Nick told Access Hollywood. “I don’t think she’s moved by the theatrics and pageantry of it all. She signed up to do a job to help young people… this is like a sidebar. I hope that’s not what this show becomes, about the catfights.”
In the heated argument caught on video, Nicki reportedly said, “I told them I'm not f**king putting up with her f**king highness over there,” in regards to Mariah. The singer responded by saying, “Oh why? Why do I have a 3-year-old sitting around me?”
Nick said that when he spoke to Mariah after the auditions, all she wanted to talk about was their two children, one-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe.
“She called me and we were talking about the kids ... at the end of the day she’s a mom and that’s my wife ... we got diapers to change and kids to raise,” he explained.
As for all the attention the feud is getting, Nick hopes the bickering won’t distract from the real focus of Idol.
“[Mariah] signed up to be a mentor on a show that is about people accomplishing their dreams,” he said.