Mariah tells all in her first memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey which was released on Tuesday, September 29.
The singer has been in the music industry for three decades and for the first time ever, she’s telling her story with the help of Michaela Angela Davis, her book’s co-author. Here she talked about her childhood, marriages, children, and more.
Based on the inside of the book jacket, the multi-awarded singer wrote, “It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir. Though there have been countless stories about me throughout my career and very public personal life, it’s been impossible to communicate the complexities and depth of my experience in any single magazine article or a ten-minute television interview”.
She added that the book is all about her memories, mishaps, struggles, survival and of course, her songs and they’re all unfiltered.
Here are some of her most shocking revelations:
Their entire family gets together every Christmas.
Although her parents are divorced before she was six years old, Christmas is always the time they all would be together. Despite that they’d still be fighting, it was a way to help foster love during the holiday that inspired her career. In 1994, she released Merry Christmas. She said, “Yes, I was going for vintage Christmas happiness. I also believe that somewhere inside I knew it was too late to give my brother and sister peace, and my mother her wonderful life, but I could possibly give the world a Christmas classic instead.”
Her father was a perfectionist.
Despite winning awards as a singer, Mariah wasn’t good enough to her father. She revealed, “After I had garnered two Grammys within my very first year in the industry, he remarked, ‘Maybe if you were a producer you could win more, like Quincy Jones”.
“I had done astonishingly well as a new artist (who had written her own hit songs), and here my father was, comparing me to arguably one of the greatest musical giants the industry has ever known, with decades of experience and endless accolades and honors to his name! I was immediately thrust back to my childhood, as if my two Grammys were two A’s on my report card and he was asking me what had happened to the pluses. I think my success in music scared him because he had no idea about, and seemingly no influence on, how I’d arrived. He didn’t ask and I didn’t tell.”
Her sister drugged her when she was 12.- Advertisement -
Mariah had a very difficult childhood. One time when she was only 12, her sister Allison who was 20 then, drugged her with Valium and gave her cocaine. She also burned her and tried to sell her out to a pimp. She said, “Something in me was arrested by all that trauma. That is why I often say, ‘I’m eternally twelve.’ I am still struggling through that time.”
To know more about Mariah Carey’s revelations, read her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.