Mariah Carey, multi-Grammy winner, world-renown vocalist spoke with Oprah Winfrey on Sept. 23, 2020, about being biracial. “The Oprah Conversation,” Season 1 Episode 5 first aired on Thursday, Sept. 24 via Apple TV+.
She will speak with Winfrey about her upcoming autobiography “The Meaning of Mariah Carey.” She speaks openly about her personal journey, struggles, being biracial, and finding unconditional love.
She was born on March 27, 1970, in Huntington, Long Island, New York to Patricia and Alfred Roy Carey. Her mother was an opera singer and vocal coach, while her father was an aeronautical engineer.
Her mother is of Irish descent and her father is of African, Venezuelan descent. Carey is the youngest of three siblings — sister Allison and brother Morgan. Her parents divorced when she was three years old.
Holding on to the sad circumstances of her childhood was very important to her so she would never in life become one of those people that has lost touch with the essence of who they are. “Looking back on my life and being able to explain the various layers of your life is very therapeutic.”
Carey was asked if she held off writing her book due to fear of what her family may think. She replied, “Yes, but it’s not because my family did not draw first blood. My brother and sister have dragged me into this by treating me like an ATM machine with a wig on.”
Oprah quotes from Carey’s book, “Through the years both my sister and my brother have put me on the chopping block, sold lies to any gossip rag or thrashy website that would buy or listen. They have attacked me for decades. But when I was twelve years old, my sister drugged me with Valium, offered me a pinky nail full of cocaine, inflicted me with third-degree burns, and tried to sell me out to a pimp.”
The defining moment when Carey knew she was different racially was when she was with a group of friends from school that lured her into the middle of nowhere, jumped her, and began to yell at her, “YOU ARE A “N” WORD!”
Love and Divorce
In June 1993, she married the President of Sony Music Tommy Mottola. Amidst rumors of Mattola’s controlling behavior, they divorced in March of 1998.
According to Carey, Derrick Jetter was a “catalyst” for helping her get out of that relationship. Seeing someone who had similar roots, but a stable family life helped her.
She married her boyfriend of six weeks Nick Cannon in April of 2008. They divorced in November 2016, however, remained friends as they co-parent two lovely twin children Moroccan and Monroe.
Finding Real Love
Carey recalls her visit to Schenectady, New York, where she had her first encounter with loving fans. The love she felt overwhelmed her and gradually her fans’ love for her replaced the hatred and disdain she had experienced most of her life.
Written by Omari Jahi
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
Rolling Stone: Mariah Carey Talks Being Biracial, Finding Unconditional Love in Oprah Interview, by Althea Legaspi
IMDB: Mariah Carey Biography
Apple TV+: The Opera Conversation
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