The music icon addresses her diva reputation and “bossy” nature.
Plain old French mineral water isn’t good enough for Mariah Carey’s bathing rituals.
In an interview with the Guardian published Monday, Carey was asked to debunk some of her diva demands, including if she once asked for 20 white kittens and 100 white doves as a rider ("No, 20 cats is an absolute lie. I’m not a cat lady. I don’t have one cat any more.") and if she insists on a new toilet seat and gold taps whenever she stays in a hotel (she doesn’t).
The interviewer asked her about another rumored diva demand — if she bathes only in French mineral water.
"No, I bathe in milk," she said. "Yes, sometimes I use milk as a beauty treatment. I don’t want to give away all my secrets."
Carey said that she bathes in cold milk, not hot, but admitted that if there’s no clean water and she had to use mineral water she would.
Read on for more takeaways from the interview.
Growing Up Biracial
Carey discussed the "identity crisis" she experienced growing up biracial — her mom is Irish-American, her father African American/Afro-Venezuelan — in which her mother’s family disowned her for marrying a black man.
"It was a combination of being biracial and experiencing the darker side of life," she said. "My mom experienced a lot of racism as an opera singer because she was married to a black man. Again, it’s impossible to encapsulate that in this setting.".
When the "Hero" singer was young, many people thought she was white, and she wished she had darker skin.
"Of course! But what can I do?," Carey said about her coloring. "I can’t go in the sun. I had to go through so much in my childhood just to feel accepted and feel worthy of existing on Earth because I felt so different from everybody else growing up, because I was biracial, because I was so ambiguous-looking and because we didn’t have the money to escape whatever the everyday realities of life were."
Her Bossy Gene
She might have a reputation for being bossy, but Carey admitted that she really isn’t as bossy as people think. However, her son (one of the fraternal twins she shares with ex-husband Nick Cannon) did receive some of that trait.
"They both have traits. My son is a little bit bossy," she said. "He’s next level… I’m not that bossy, honestly. I try to be nice. I doooo…I know everybody thinks I am. Whatever. I don’t know what they think. I don’t care."
The Grammy winner is aware that there are a lot of misconceptions about her, but wouldn’t reveal them.
"I don’t know and I don’t want to know. If I looked at every single thing people say about me I couldn’t exist as me, so I’d rather just see certain things."
It was revealed two months ago that Carey was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 17 years ago.
"I wasn’t excited about having to talk about these details of my life," she said about revealing her disorder. "I wasn’t thrilled. But again, what you’re saying to me about other people finding some kind of strength from that is the most important thing." Carey decided to reveal the news, because she wanted to be more "free."
Although she has bravely shared this aspect of herself with the world, Carey still is human and struggles with self-esteem.
"I have very low self-esteem," she admitted. "I like myself when I record a song and listen back to a bit and feel good about everything about it. There’s a sense of accomplishment in the work."
Carey, who has an estimated worth of $520 million dollars, agrees that living in the public eye has its consequences.
"There is a price to pay for living a public life. You can either sit there and go ‘Woe is me, I’m famous!’, which some people do. But you kinda asked for it."
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