We will get the full details of Mariah’s life when her upcoming memoirs are released on September 29th but new details are starting to leak in reviews about the singer’s life. Many are familiar with Mariah’s back story, as seen in her semi-biographical movie Glitter, but she’s finally divulging more about her family and upbringing – and the abuse that came with it.
Mariah’s marriage to Tommy Mottola is one that many know she refers to as spending time in “Sing Sing,” as Mottola’s house became to be called by Carey. Their marriage, while filled with professional successes for the both of them, left Carey abused and trapped, unable to find her own autonomy in a marriage to the man who was also in charge of her career.
I couldn’t have asked for a better way to introduce my memoir than having a conversation with my friend, therapist and icon Ms. @Oprah Winfrey, on her series #TheOprahConversation. Watch tomorrow on @AppleTV! pic.twitter.com/5SxIvpuoUE— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) September 23, 2020
“I wouldn’t have gone here if I hadn’t been treated as an ATM with a wig on,” Carey recently told Oprah in a clip from an upcoming sit down that has emerged. “The loneliness and sadness behind the façade, I know understand it,” remarked her friend Oprah, as she held the book open while discussing the contents.
In early reviews of the book, it also appears that Mariah suffered some public humiliation and intimidation at the hands of Mottola, noting his constant surveillance, controlling nature and “unpredictable rage.” Apparently, she writes that Mottola held a butter knife to her face in front of a group of guests in “Sing Sing,” upset that she wanted to end things with him.
“I cried writing a lot of parts of this book. Maybe it’s because I have such vivid recollections. You know what? I’m sure I’m going to have to deal with a lot of people being upset with me. I hope not,” Mariah previously told Vulture when she sat down for a profile with the outlet.
Mariah also talked about how she hasn’t said nearly all that she could in her book, adding, “If somebody or something didn’t pertain to the actual meaning of Mariah Carey, as is the title, then they aren’t in the book.”
Well, family are included in the meaning and makeup of all of us and Mariah’s finally giving us more of an inside peek into her back story – specifically treatment at her mother and sister’s hands.
“I had no frame of reference for normal,” writes Carey about her upbringing in Long Island, New York. Carey and her family moved all over and she also recounts living in one particular home that calls “the shack” in her memoirs. During these times, Carey says that her mother was “neglectful” and her older sister, Alison, was abusive.
Carey claims that her sister Alison, when Carey was younger, mistreated her in cruel ways. In the book, Carey alleges that Alison once offered her cocaine, despite Carey being a gifted child.
In another shocking admission, Mariah also says that her sister tried to pimp her out and physically abused her by throwing a scalding cup of tea on her that required her to have to see a doctor – all at the age of 12.
The Meaning of Mariah Carey will be released on September 29th, 2020.