Mariah Carey turned the petty all the way up to a delicious 11 while shading Jennifer Lopez and her billionaire ex-fiancé James Packer while promoting her new memoir.
The Meaning of Mariah Carey charts the singer’s incredible life and career — delving into her troubled upbringing, her struggles with her biracial identity, and her relationships with men including Tommy Mottola and Derek Jeter.
Just as notable as the names mentioned in the book are those who are pointedly excluded: among them her long-time rival, Jennifer Lopez, and her ex-fiancé, James Packer.
In a new interview with The Guardian, Mariah is asked about a passage in which she refers to Lopez simply as a “female entertainer (whom I don’t know)” – a reference to her legendarily shady “I don’t know her” claim.
Mariah being Mariah, she refused to even acknowledge the question.
“There is a pause, then stifled laughter,” the outlet wrote of her response.
“Oh my gosh, can you hear that music in the background? It’s Sam Cooke! It’s fantastic!”
Mariah Carey and James Packer ‘didn’t have a physical relationship’.
In the same interview, Mariah Carey was asked about her decision to omit James Packer – from whom she was briefly engaged to in 2016 – from the book.
She confirmed that the pair “didn’t have a physical relationship, to be honest”.
“If it was a relationship that mattered, it’s in the book. If not, it didn’t occur,” she added.
The release of Mariah’s memoirs has seen the singer applauded for her candour.
Delving into her childhood, the singer reveals she experienced domestic abuse at a young age, witnessing fights involving her older brother and her parents.
Her obsession with Christmas is a legacy of these experiences, she reveals, writing that she wanted “to write a song that would make me feel like a carefree young girl at Christmas”.
She drugged me with Valium and tried to sell me out to a pimp.
One of the more shocking revelations involves her older sister Alison.
Mariah claims that when she was 12, Alison “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.” Alison has publicly denied the claims.
A running theme throughout the book is Mariah’s experiences with racism and struggle fitting into the world as someone who is biracial.
Notably, she claims Tommy Mottola – her “controlling” first husband and head of her then-label – tried to “tried to wash the ‘urban’ (translation: Black) off” of her when they were working together.