Mariah Carey talks her ascent to super stardom in Complex magazine.
Never one to be shy, Carey candidly chats about her new (don't call it a) reality television series Mariah's World, American Idol, Marilyn Monroe's influence on her and the late Prince.
“Prince was one of the best people I’ve met,” Carey says. “He didn’t care about the big system. I was always like, at any time Prince could write a No. 1 song, because he’s that talented, but he chooses to do what he wants. I respect that. He actually helped me through a lot of situations with his knowledge. He always had a plan. I just can’t believe he’s gone. I was hoping that it was a trick that he was pulling—that it didn’t really happen.”
Carey also explains why she purchased Monroe's piano.
“That was the only thing that she had from her childhood. I haven’t touched it—I won’t even tune it,” Carey says. “I could’ve bought the dress, the [sings] Mr. President dress. But I’d rather maintain what she cared about.”
She adds: “You know that her production company was the first female-owned production company in Hollywood? She paved the way for women in a lot of ways that a lot of people don’t think about. She was so ‘the sex symbol’ that it looks like the opposite, but she really wasn’t that.”
Read the full interview here.