It was roughly this time last year when our queen with the five-octave vocal range, Mariah Carey, announced a reflective memoir was in the works – yes, Shake. It. Off.
The second-biggest female artist of all time (behind the Barbra Streisand) has sold a whopping 65 million albums in the States alone and, between albums Vision of Love in 1990 and Touch My Body in 2007, 18 singles (17 of which she wrote herself ofc) have hit Billboard’s top 100. Phenom.
Understandably, high-highs can lead to low-lows, and post the iconic flop that was 2001’s Glitter – a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes (among other things) must have got Mariah feeling emotions. In a recent interview with Variety, Mariah shares more on her mental health battles and bipolar diagnosis, as well as her experience as a mixed-race woman in the industry, and ofc #justiceforGlitter because we’re #obsessed.
“Born to a black father and white mother, [I] lived in basically very humble beginnings [and] came out of it,” Mariah told Variety. Her very first song “Visions of Love” explores this lack of belonging and identity, with lyrics “felt so alone,” and “suffered from alienation.”
“[I’ve had] ups and downs, and this and that. And public humiliation and going through the wringer,” explained Ms Thing. Oh yeah – that one, glittery critical and commercial low, comes to mind… But thanks to Mariah’s sweet fans (or self-proclaimed “lambs”) #justiceforGlitter brought the 2001 album of the same name boomeranging back. Ironically or not, Glitter hit the iTunes charts at No.1 this year! Now that is endless love.
On her mental health battles, Mimi opens up saying, “I had a whole supposed breakdown, alleged. All of this to be revealed in the book, by the way, which I’m obsessed with writing right now. It’s so cathartic,” she told Variety. “It was an emotional and physical breakdown, but it wasn’t a nervous breakdown, because you don’t recover from that really. And even my therapist was like, ‘You didn’t have a breakdown; you had a diva fit and people couldn’t handle it.”’ – 100%, we are not worthy.
Mariah rightfully added, “And that is something we should explore, because if a woman gets too emotional or too loud or too abrasive or too real, suddenly it’s like, ‘What’s wrong with her? She’s crazy.’” Nothing crazy about a certified hero <3.
Her memoir release date is TBA.