MiMi’s ex-hubby is talkin’ that talk in his new book…
Pop superstar Mariah Carey might have broken records across genres of music, inspired generations of performers and may even have arguably had one of the greatest voices in music at one point, but her former music mogul hubby Tommy Mottola says without him laying down the law during their roller coaster marriage, she wouldn’t be the superstar diva that he is today.
via Huffington Post
Mariah Carey’s ex-husband, record executive Tommy Mottola — who she says was a “controlling” man who “mentally and emotionally” abused her during their four-year-marriage — is speaking out.
Mottola, who is 20 years Carey’s senior and married her when she was just 23, is clearing the air in his new memoir “Hitmaker,” saying he might have been demanding, but he’s the reason for her worldwide success.
“If it seemed like I was controlling, I apologize,” he writes in his book, available on Jan. 15. “Was I obsessive? Yes. But that was also part of the reason for her success.”
According to the New York Post, Mottola explains that because he didn’t let Carey take a break early on in her career, she became a superstar.
“My feeling was that there’d be plenty of time for Mariah to celebrate just a little ways down the road,” the 63-year-old, now married to singer Thalia, writes. “I’m not talking 10 years, just a few.”
But the music mogul is not taking full responsibility, adding that Carey’s talent is untouched.
“An unbelievable energy was running though me, screaming, ‘Turn the car around! That may be the best voice you’ve ever heard in your life,'” he reportedly writes of when he first listened to Carey’s demo.
Hmmmm. Pretty sure diva MiMi won’t like the sound of these claims. We wouldn’t even be surprised if she spoke out on this during her interview tonight..