Mariah Carey Biography
The way American singer/songwriter Mariah Carey broke into show business would make a great plot for a blockbuster movie.
In 1990 she attended a party with a friend where she met Columbia Records Executive Tommy Mottola. Her friend gave him her demo tape, and when he left the party he played it. He was so impressed with the 20-year-old singer that he rushed back to find her but discovered she had left. He was determined to find her again, and he eventually managed to track her down and immediately offered her a recording contract.
Under his guidance Carey was the first recording artist to have her first five singles top the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The couple fell in love whilst working together and married in June 1993 in an Episcopalian Ceremony, followed by a lavish reception in Manhatten. She was voted the World's Best Selling Artist in 1990 and 1998, and she has also won five Grammy Awards.
A series of hit records established her as Columbia Records highest selling artist, but four years after they wed, Carey and Mottola separated and they were divorced in 1998. She has since said that although they seemed a happy couple in public, she soon felt trapped by the relationship as he was so controlling and he physically and emotionally abused her.
The experience affected her career, and she tried to revive it by introducing hip hop into her music, but her popularity started to decline when she left Columbia Records in 2001. She signed an $80 million deal with Virgin Records, but they dropped her the following year, due to her fragile mental state.
In July 2001 she suffered a physical and emotional breakdown and was admitted to hospital in New York on July 25th, suddenly disappearing from the music scene. She was released from hospital but in the last week of August she suffered a second and more devastating breakdown.
She was convinced she was invisible, and had a bath with all her clothes on, and she was completely out of control at an airport, running round screaming the plane was going to crash. She believed Marilyn Monroe was talking to her through the piano, and she became paranoid about her ex-husband Tommy Mottola and her long-time friend Jennifer Lopez. She told everyone they were trying to sabotage her career.
Carey was sent to Los Angeles Psychiatric Hospital, and was away from the music scene for some time. When she did return to the business, it was as a new Mariah Carey, stronger and better than ever. In 2005 her album "The Emancipation of Mimi" was a huge success.
Carey is a real diva backstage and has a rider written into every contract stating that her dressing room is not to be decorated with any busy patterns. She also insists on a lamp or clip-light, so any harsh lighting can be turned off.
She is very particular about the temperature in her dressing room saying it must be maintained at a constant 75 degrees F. She likes to be surrounded by two dozen white roses and vanilla aromatherapy candles so she can unwind after the show. Carey has always denied she is a diva, saying she is not demanding enough.
On April 30th 2008 Carey married rapper and actor Nick Cannon on her private island in the Bahamas, after a six month whirlwind romance. Cannon is 12 years her junior, and two months after the wedding there were rumours the marriage was in trouble.
But on their second anniversary, April 30th 2010 they renewed their wedding vows, and in October 2010 she announced they are expecting their first child in the Spring of 2011.