Steven Tyler once sang that pink was his favorite color, and the same can be said for Nicki Minaj, his successor on the American Idol judging panel.

The "Starships" star claims her lower-class childhood made her crave a fairy-tale lifestyle and has instilled a deep-rooted love of the audacious color.

Nicki — who often sports a touch of hot pink on her outfits — tells Cosmopolitan: "When I was younger we didn't have much financially, and I'd see little girls' rooms on TV and they'd be all pink.

"I shared a room with my brother, so I'd dream one day I could have my own room, all pink, like Cinderella's. Pink takes me back to that time and feel euphoric when I wear it."

But the eccentrically-clad singer likes to keep her look low-key when she's just chilling out at home. She ditches her outrageous stage outfits for more casual clothing so she can relax on the sofa in and tuck into her favorite food.

"What I wear at home is not what I wear on stage," she admits. "At home I'm more introspective; on stage, I'm anything but! … I watch Judge Judy and Forensic Files. And I cook — I cook spaghetti and macaroni and cheese really, really good."

Now we’re hungry — as long as her culinary creations aren’t pink, too.

Source: Cosmopolitan, BANG Showbiz