Mariah Carey Explains Iconic 'I Don't Know Her' Comment About Jennifer Lopez

Taylor Hill/FilmMagic
Mariah Carey attends the 2015 Harper Icons party at The Plaza Hotel on September 16, 2015 in New York City. 

Mariah Carey has been known to speak her truth beyond the mic. Refer back to her infamous head shake in the early 2000s when she was asked about Jennifer Lopez and simply stated, “I don’t know her," which immediately entered meme -- and shade -- history. 

In a recent interview with The Cut, Carey brought up the notorious line (sorta), saying she "was just being honest.” While promoting her new collaboration with makeup brand MAC (a duet that will produce a champagne-colored lipstick called “All I Want,” a nod to her holiday classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You”), she reflects on a memorable gift she received from one of her "Lambs."

All I Want for Christmas Is Mariah Carey's Christmas TV Movie: Watch the Trailer

“Recently? I don’t know. [yawns] I’m sorry, I’m having a “sleep” moment…,” she says. “Well, there was a very interesting shirt that a fan made with a quote that I said years ago that, when I said it, I really wasn’t trying to be funny. I was just being honest and everybody’s kind of blowing it out of proportion but this guy had a shirt on and it was a picture of me that he made and the quote was underneath it -- and I’m going to leave you hanging as to what it was.”

The viral comment has sparked a rumored feud between her and J.Lo over the past 15 years. Lopez, however, addressed the alleged beef on Watch What Happens Live last year.

Jennifer Lopez's 11 Looks at the AMAs: See the Photos

“I don't have a feud against her at all. I know from back in the day, I've read things that she's said about me that were not the greatest, but we have never met,” Lopez told Andy Cohen. "Like, we don't know each other. I think it's kind of from word of mouth of things that have happened in the past that I'm not really aware of. But I don't know."

In non-shade news, Carey said she liked The Weeknd. Read the full interview here.


THE BILLBOARD BIZ
SUBSCRIBER EXPERIENCE

The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.


To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.