Mariah Carey hasn’t spoken out directly about her feud with Nicki Minaj…until now. Barbara Walters visited the pop diva at her New York apartment ahead of the January 16 premiere of “American Idol.” She opened up about her claims that the rap diva threatened violence against her, her whopping $18 million paycheck, and her family. According to Mariah, she and Nicki have settled their differences, at least for now.
“GMA” also aired some never-before-seen-footage of Mimi and Nick renewing their vows in Paris last year, as well as the couple at home with their twins, Monroe and Moroccan.
The full interview will air tonight at 11:35 p.m. EST on “Nightline.”
On her feud with Nicki Minaj: “It felt like an unsafe work environment. Anytime anybody’s reeling threats at somebody, you know, it’s not appropriate. I’m a professional. I’m not used to that type of environment.”
On feeling unsafe: “Sitting there on the road with two babies, I’m not gonna take any chances, so yeah, I did hire more security.”
On how it will affect “Idol”: “For all the drama, I hope it helps the show. I think it’s a classic, classy show and it didn’t need this.”
On her reported $18 million salary: “I think we’re in the ballpark, but I can’t even talk about these things.”
On her daughter Monroe: “I call her Miss Monroe, and that kind of dictated her personality. She’s a total diva. She’s fascinated by jewelry, chandeliers, all these things.”
On her son Moroccan: “He’s my pal. He’ll just watch movies with me. We’ve watched Shrek I don’t know how many times. We watch movies all the time together, relax. He’s more chill.”
On Nick Cannon: “He’s just as festive as I am. I’m very, very festive, and he kind of almost trumps me there.”
On Nick’s health scare last year: “It was very serious, but he’s got some great doctors who really got in there and helped him out and at this point he is doing great. He’s better than ever.” video at source
The New York Post outlines the new memoir by music executive Tommy Mottola, which details his abuse and control of ex-wife Mariah Carey. The music mogul tries to justify his poor treatment of the singer with statements that he played a large role in her success.
Mimi was just 18-years-old when he took her under his wing, and pledged to make her bigger than Madonna and Michael Jackson.
He controlled all of her producers and songwriters, disallowed her chosen collaborators and forced her to record albums she didn’t want to. When she expressed an interest in catering her music to the younger, hip-hop and R&B crowd, he shut that down too. When she vented her frustrations that he was trying to turn her into 50′s singer Connie Francis, he wrote that he nearly laughed in her face, asking “does she even know who Connie Francis is?” Mottola excuses his actions with a quote directly from his memoir: “If it seemed like I was controlling, I apologize. Was I obsessive? Yes. But that was also part of the reason for her success.”
What an asshole. No one can deny he was a guiding force in her career. However, the ways in which he controlled her were truly despicable. You don’t treat someone like that just because you feel YOU made their careers. After their divorce in 1997, he took to sabotaging her career and aggressively plotted her downfall. She deserved so much better because she too was lining HIS pockets. They had a business partnership so the respect should have been mutual.
The book is set to hit stores on January 15th – one day ahead of the singer’s televised debut on American Idol.
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