Mariah Carey Talks Docu-Series 'Mariah's World,' Divorce from Nick Cannon & Prince in 'Complex'
Despite her past marital struggles, Mariah Carey continues to hit high notes in her career. With her forthcoming reality show Mariah's World, the songstress sizzles on the cover of Complex's August/September 2016 issue and opens up about her on-screen stint, divorce from Nick Cannon, forthcoming marriage to billionaire James Packer and lessons she's learned from Prince.
See the highlights below and read the full feature here.
Mariah Carey on the cover of the August/September issue of Complex. Micaela Rossato for Complex
On filming Mariah's World:
“I’ve become more comfortable with it. In the beginning I was like, ‘Fine, we can document the tour, we can show what’s happening behind the scenes, with the singers, the dancers, the this, the that. You can see me when I’m on stage, I’ll talk—blah blah blah.’ But what I started to realize is that my best moments are off the cuff.”
On splitting with ex-husband Nick Cannon:
"I never thought I would either, but I never thought I would have babies with someone and then get divorced. Like, ‘Oh, great job. Repeat your past.’ ... But life happens and it was supposed to happen. It’s fine. For [my children], I wish it hadn’t happened that way. For me, it was...[singing Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams’ “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late”] Guess it’s over. Call it a day.”
On her relationship with fiancee James Packer:
“I don’t expect him to be at every little thing that I do, and vice versa. He’s got a lot of stuff on his plate and so do I. There’s a mutual understanding ... He’s a private businessman and there are a lot of things with his companies that I just can’t talk about. It’s just not good for me to do."
On Packer being a Mimi fan:
"Actually, if he didn’t like my music, then how would I be able to handle him being around when all I’m doing is creating?"
On learning from Prince:
“Prince was one of the best people I’ve met ... 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.”
On purchasing her muse Marilyn Monroe's white piano:
“That was the only thing that she had from her childhood. I haven’t touched it—I won’t even tune it ... I could’ve bought the dress, the [sings] Mr. President dress. But I’d rather maintain what she cared about ... 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."