Mariah Carey: ‘No Dat­ing al­lowed!’

The star, 46, has strict rules when it comes to com­bin­ing work and ro­mance

Look (UK) - - COVER STORY - words: Giselle wain­wright

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…

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