Mariah’s

Celebrity news Af­ter years spent in de­nial and iso­la­tion, the singer has opened up about her con­di­tion

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brave bat­tle

ariah Carey has re­vealed for the first time her bat­tle with bipo­lar dis­or­der, which has shed new light on the be­hav­iour she’s ex­hib­ited over the years – from her diva de­mands and per­for­mance pit­falls to her high-pro­file ro­mances. Sources tell Woman’s Day that af­ter years of de­nial, the brave 48-year-old songstress is fi­nally tak­ing her ill­ness se­ri­ously and has it un­der con­trol with the help of med­i­ca­tion. First di­ag­nosed in 2001, when she was hos­pi­talised for a phys­i­cal and men­tal break­down, Mariah has re­vealed in an ex­clu­sive tell-all that, “un­til re­cently I lived in de­nial and iso­la­tion and in con­stant fear some­one would ex­pose me. It was too heavy a bur­den to carry and I sim­ply couldn’t do that any­more.

“I sought and re­ceived treat­ment, I put pos­i­tive peo­ple around me, and I got back to do­ing what I love – writ­ing songs and mak­ing mu­sic.”

TURN­ING A COR­NER

Mariah is be­ing treated for bipo­lar II, which is char­ac­terised by bouts of de­pres­sion and hy­po­ma­nia, which can trig­ger ir­ri­tabil­ity, in­som­nia and hy­per­ac­tiv­ity – some­thing she’s manag­ing with med­i­ca­tion.

“Find­ing the proper bal­ance is what is most im­por­tant,” she says of the doc­tor­pre­scribed pills.

“I just think it’s bet­ter with any type of thing to not go over­board with it. The prob­lem with meds is side ef­fects, but now I’m good. I’m in a good place.” That’s great news to her friends and fam­ily. Mariah’s out-of-con­trol an­tics over the years sug­gest she’s been any­where but a “good place”. Ac­cu­sa­tions of lip sync­ing, diva de­mands on the set of The House with Will Fer­rell, a suc­ces­sion of in­fa­mous feuds – most no­tably with Nicki Mi­naj – as well as her con­tro­ver­sial E! re­al­ity show and a string of high-pro­file failed ro­mances have plagued the award-win­ning singer.

EX­TREME BE­HAV­IOUR

Her nasty break-up with for­mer fi­ance, Aussie bil­lion­aire James Packer, af­ter 18 months to­gether, is the stuff of leg­ends. She de­manded a $65 mil­lion set­tle­ment for mov­ing to LA to be near him, and to keep the 35-carat

‘I lived in con­stant fear some­one would ex­pose me’

mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar en­gage­ment ring. Word is, Mariah walked away with some­where be­tween $6 and $13 mil­lion, which in­cluded the sparkler.

Now, the mother-of-two, who shares twins Moroc­can and Mon­roe, six, with friendly ex-hubby Nick Can­non, in­sists she’s fi­nally in a good place, is get­ting great med­i­cal care and en­joy­ing a healthy life­style that in­cludes acupunc­ture.

“I have ac­cess to great med­i­cal care. I’m ex­er­cis­ing, get­ting acupunc­ture, eat­ing healthy, spend­ing qual­ity time with my kids and do­ing what I love, which is writ­ing songs and mak­ing mu­sic.”

Adds Mariah: “I’m sur­round­ing my­self with pos­i­tive in­flu­ences and fi­nally re­ceiv­ing the phys­i­cal and emo­tional sup­port that I need.”

Mariah and James called off their en­gage­ment af­ter nine months. With her sup­port­ive ex Nick and their twins Moroc­can and Mon­roe.

The songstress says she’s been suf­fer­ing the ex­tremes of bipo­lar II, which she’s manag­ing with med­i­ca­tion. Re­cov­er­ing af­ter she was hos­pi­talised in 2001. THEN

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