DIVA no more


New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - CELEB UPDATE -

Yes, she might bathe in milk, but Mariah Carey isn’t a diva, thank you very much – well, ac­cord­ing to her any­way.

In a re­mark­ably can­did in­ter­view in a Bri­tish news­pa­per, the su­per­star singer took the op­por­tu­nity not only to dis­cuss her men­tal health, but her long-ru­moured “diva an­tics” – and says that she’s not as de­mand­ing as peo­ple think.

Slam­ming ru­mours that she in­sists on new toi­let seats and gold taps in her ho­tel rooms, and that she once asked for 100 white doves and 20 white kit­tens in a tour rider – “I’m not a cat lady” – Mariah did ad­mit to the slightly bizarre bathing rit­ual of us­ing milk in­stead of wa­ter.

“Some­times I use it as a beauty treat­ment,” she says. “I don’t want to give away all my se­crets.”

As well as light-heart­edly chat­ting about her rep­u­ta­tion, Christ­mas and her kids – she’s mum to seven-yearold twins Moroc­can and Mon­roe – Mariah also talked about her bat­tle with bipo­lar dis­or­der, a con­di­tion she kept hid­den un­til this year.

She reck­ons she de­vel­oped it dur­ing child­hood from be­ing the prod­uct of a mixed-race re­la­tion­ship – her mum was Ir­ish-Amer­i­can, while her dad was both African- Amer­i­can and Afro-Venezue­lan.

“It was a com­bi­na­tion of be­ing bi-racial and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the darker side of life,” she says. “My mum ex­pe­ri­enced a lot of racism as an opera singer be­cause she was mar­ried to a black man.”

Mariah’s di­ag­no­sis came af­ter a break­down in 2001, where she turned up to the set of a talk show un­in­vited and did a strip­tease. “I have very low self-es­teem,” she ad­mits, though she says she feels proud when she lis­tens back to a song she’s recorded.

Now, Mariah’s pre­fer­ring to fo­cus her ef­forts around Christ­mas, where she is the undis­puted queen of the air­waves, and to par­ent­ing her twins, who are the re­sult of her sec­ond mar­riage to tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Nick Can­non.

She’s also in a re­la­tion­ship with back­ing dancer Bryan Tanaka, fol­low­ing her high-pro­file split with me­dia mogul James Packer.

Mariah is fo­cused on her twins, Moroc­can and Mon­roe, who she had with ex Nick Can­non.

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