Nothing hurts a mother more than knowing her child is being bullied and even celebrity moms like Mariah Carey aren’t spared.
During Thursday’s Watch What Happens Live, Mariah opened up about her childhood experiences with racism and how bigotry affected the lives of her own children. The songstress joined Andy Cohen in a remote interview to share what her son, Moroccan, experienced recently.
Carey talked about her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, which was released earlier this month. The multi-awarded singer revealed to Cohen during the WWHL after show that she’s been spending time to read her book to her children so that she could share with them stories from her own life hoping that it will help them understand the world.
She shared, “I’m reading chapters to them that are helping to illustrate my encounters with racism, and how they can then have a greater understanding, and ultimately a greater reservoir with which to deal with the situation itself.”
According to the singer, her 9-year-old son already had to deal with racism and racial prejudice at a young age. “Rocky just got bullied the other day by a white supremacist person that he thought was his friend. It’s like, insane. So, this is the world we live in,” she explained.
Going back to the celebrity’s memoir, the book detailed some traumatic experiences she had in the past. She revealed that racism and prejudice has been a struggle for her ever since she became aware that race existed.
She explained, “And the only reason I was aware so early on is that it became a subject of humiliation for me, as a child.” Carey added that she could still remember how her race became a factor in how people treated her while she was growing up.
One of her most unforgettable and traumatic experiences involved a run-in when she was still young with some girls whom she thought were her friends but they only bullied her in a very deep and painful way. This and more were discussed in her book.
According to Carey, she read this part in her book and her daughter Monroe, 9, heard it and she was stunned by her girl’s reaction.
She said, “I let her hear that. And it was really sweet, she goes, ‘Mommy, those girls, they feel so bad now. I bet they wish they could be your friend.”