Mariah Carey: ‘No Dating allowed!’
The star, 46, has strict rules when it comes to combining work and romance
It’s been something of a crazy year for Mariah Carey – even by her standards . Following a whirlwind romance with Aussie billionaire James Packer, 49, the 46-year-old singer then split with him last month – all while filming her eight-part docu-series, the first she’s ever done.
But while the show (due out on 11 Dec on E! and arriving on Hayu on 5 Dec) is supposed to be about dispelling Mariah’s diva antics, we’ve seen the first episode and it’s her employment rules that have had us talking.
As part of the show, Mariah decides to hire a personal assistant, but the rules are specific: ‘You’re not allowed to date for the first year of working for myself.’
Er, right. We imagine travelling the world in a private jet on a daily basis while waiting with ‘shoes and sunglasses’ at every door would leave you with no actual time to date, let alone being ‘allowed’ to do it, but would you pause your love life to focus on your career? Recent statistics do seem to suggest we might be more keen on our work CV as opposed to our dating one. A survey by PWC* has revealed 62 per cent of us would choose career progression as the most important trait in an employer, while 70 per cent of those asked** admitted the idea of a career break made them feel anxious. Understandable when several graduates still don’t have jobs.
‘When I finished uni, I wanted to give myself a good shot at my dream job,’ says Sarah, 29, a digital designer from London. ‘I quit dating for six months, deactivated my apps and threw myself into the work. It gave me an edge over other recruits. I had no responsibility to anyone else, so I could work all weekend if I wanted. I think that’s why I progressed so fast.’
So is Mariah’s rule right? Look weighs in…