Nicki Minaj’s Ex-Hairstylist In His Own Words, Before The Split

Terrence Davidson once told MTV News 'nobody else can really mess with' the 'American Idol' judge.

Breaking up is hard to do; just ask Nicki Minaj. The rapper and “American Idol” judge has parted ways with her longtime hairstylist and wig guru, Terrence Davidson.

Davidson confirmed the split last week in a statement citing creative differences. “I’ve decided to step away as hair stylist and wig creator for Nicki Minaj,” Davidson shared. “It has been an amazing experience offering me a chance to express my creativity and exhibit my love for the art form of wig design.”

The news of the split comes at an interesting time for Minaj, who is set to make her debut as an “American Idol” judge on Wednesday. She’s currently on a press tour for the new season, and has been sporting more demure looks than her usual Davidson designs — including a straight, long blond wig, as well as a long, black wig with blunt bangs. The styles have been a far cry from some of her wackiest looks, and, yes, that includes wigs with leopard spots.

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MTV News spoke to the veteran hairstylist last year about working with the rapper on some of her most iconic hairstyles, ranging from the neon locks of her “Super Bass” video to her Pink Friday-hued MAC ad tresses. And he explained that creating styles for Minaj had been so exciting because she was willing to try out an array of looks and was always down to push boundaries.

“Nick’s doing it for everybody, not just women, not just female rappers, but for everybody who wants to be different, because her music is not right here,” he said, pointing at his chest. “Her music is so many different levels, from pop to R&B to rap. And she’s opened up a lane where it’s just hers — and nobody else can really mess with it.”

The rapper has yet to comment on the split. No word yet on who Nicki has currently helping her with her hair as she embarks on the “Idol” chapter of her career. But we’re hoping that when the shows go live later this season, she turns up the volume to Davidson levels of wacky.