Tommy Mottola Describes How He Abused Mariah Carey In New Memoir
The New York Post got its hands on the new memoir by music honcho Tommy Mottola and the paper's most depressing article today is a long piece detailing all the ways Mottola outlined his abuse of ex-wife and ex-employee, Mariah Carey. Mottola first came into contact with then-18-year-old singer through a mix tape. He might have fallen in love with — and set his sights on making money from — her voice, but he very quickly turned their relationship into a sexually exploitative, controlling and emotionally abusive one.
As the Post explains, Carey had just graduated from high school and was working as a backup singer when Mottola set his sights on her, promising to make her bigger than Madonna and Michael Jackson. But first he made Mariah break up with her boyfriend, who was also her collaborator; he assumed control of all her producers and song writers; and he refused to allow her time off to relax and enjoy her success.
After the couple married, the abuse only worsened. She couldn't collaborate with who she wanted to work with; she was forced to do albums she didn't want to do. In a classic move of isolating her from her friends and family, he relegated her to a home in New York suburbs, which she referred to as "Sing Sing."
The Post describes how at one point early in the relationship, Mottola bragged that his therapist warned him to stay out of Mariah Carey's pants, shrink-ishly pointing out both that he was married and that the singer was basically still a teenager. (She is still basically a teenager, kind of.) Instead, he trotted Carey out on his arm at an awards show where she took home several awards just because he knew his shrink would be watching. This fits perfectly with what we know about abusers: instead of being remorseful, they're actually quite proud of themselves for getting away with it.
The Post quotes directly from Mottola's memoir, Hitmaker, out later this month about how little remorse he feels — nay, he feels justified:
“If it seemed like I was controlling, I apologize. Was I obsessive? Yes. But that was also part of the reason for her success.”
|by Anonymous||reply 37||05/01/2014|
He may have been a jerk, but the truth is that her best albums were the ones that he oversaw. Look at the shit she puts out now. It all sounds the same.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||01/06/2013|
The only interesting music I ever heard was the stuff she made when she just broke up with him. That pablum before it ruined the the late 80s
|by Anonymous||reply 2||01/06/2013|
Agreed, R2. I seem to recall that he did not want her to do "Fantasy" with Ol' Dirty Bastard. Her more urban leaning singles in the late 90's were great, particularly "Breakdown", "Honey" and particularly "My All" (Stay For Awhile SoS0 Def remix).
|by Anonymous||reply 3||01/06/2013|
Sh swears she was a virgin when they married.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||01/06/2013|
No specific examples of abuse?
|by Anonymous||reply 5||01/06/2013|
R4 Don't forget how even in the late 2000's, she was STILL claiming that she could count all the men she slept with on one hand (yeah right).
|by Anonymous||reply 6||01/06/2013|
As much as Mariah flaunts her body, she has never come across as someone who is overtly sexual.
I could believe that she hasn't had many men. Not everyone is Madonna.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/06/2013|
I TOLD you bitches I had problems of my own!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/06/2013|
While I easily could believe that she was lying (and had slept with many men), R6, I also wouldn't be surprised if MC was relatively sexually repressed/frigid and her sexual experience was nothing like as suggested by her videos and public image.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||01/06/2013|
I think all of her music is shit and I don't like her voice. I feel the same way about Whitney.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||01/06/2013|
He also tried sabotaging her career after their divorce. Remember, he's the one who briefly oversaw Jennifer Lopez's "singing" career in the late 90's/early 2000's. Several songs and samples that were meant for Mariah went to J-Lo. No, she doesn't have Mariah's vocal prowess, but her team had a knack for creating catchy top-40 songs.
I also read some pretty spooky, unseemly stuff that he had Mariah do as well, but it's mostly hearsay from Lipstickalley, so it's most likely fiction.
I see why Mariah is batshit crazy, he pretty much controlled her life from 18 to her late 20's, when most people are trying to define themselves as adults.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||01/06/2013|
Why do you care about how many men Mariah has been with sexually? Many of you have been with thousands of men/tricks/hook-ups and crow about your ways. Double standards abound here at DataLounge.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||01/06/2013|
I thought Mariah was so pretty and talented when she was with Mottola.
It all went out the window once they divorced. She looks like shit and comes off as a royal bitch.
That's a shame because she has a great voice.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||01/06/2013|
Speaking of Lipstick Alley, what do they mean by "tea"?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||01/06/2013|
Do any of you remember the singer called Samantha Cole? She was supposedly signed to be the "next Mariah". There was a story that Mariah was quite upset at this.
Samantha had a great voice (several octaves), but she was no "90's diva".
|by Anonymous||reply 15||01/06/2013|
He wanted her white. She wanted to lean to the black side of her mixed-race heritage. Ever since their split, it is so obvious she would rather identify as black and use urban/hip hop sounds. Interestingly, I know people who went to high school with her in Greenlawn and they said she was a 'guidette' back then; she had big hair and loved guido Italian type guys and had a fetish for Corvettes and Camaros. So she went from trashy white to trashy black.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||01/06/2013|
I totally believe she was virgin. Is Tommy dying of cancer or something? Trying to confess before he goes out? He basically dropped Cyndi Lauper and fucked up her career in favor of concentrating on Mariah. He seems very damaged and like he damaged Mariah too. Remember when she was high on E and on TRL or something? I want to say Eminem was involved too. Another douchebag. I hope she's happy with Nick Cannon, still hate her music though but I liked her on Cribs.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||01/06/2013|
Too bad he's still not beating her ugly big ass.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||01/06/2013|
Is Mottola still married to the Latin singer? I think her name was Thalia ?
She was a gorgeous woman.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||01/06/2013|
[quote]Speaking of Lipstick Alley, what do they mean by "tea"?
It means "gossip". I quit going to that site a few years ago because there's so many delusional fangirls on there it's sad.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||01/06/2013|
Speaking of eminem and Mariah, it was so weird when he said that they dated, and she denied it. For some reason, I believe him. They at least slept together once.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||01/06/2013|
Considering how fat she got and how her career declined almost as soon as she was out on her own he must feel proud of himself.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/01/2014|
He must be laughing at this:
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/01/2014|
Who was her boyfriend that Tommy made her break-up with?
|by Anonymous||reply 24||05/01/2014|
Controlling behavior is literally abuse, yes, but is not what we generally talk about when we refer to an abused spouse.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||05/01/2014|
Wow, I feel so bad that he plucked her out of obscurity and made her incredibly rich and successful.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/01/2014|
None of her post divorce albums were any good.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||05/01/2014|
I wonder what kind of hell his current wife, the former Latin star Thalia, is going through.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||05/01/2014|
[quote]Why do you care about how many men Mariah has been with sexually?
Because it contradicts everything Mariah has claimed since day one.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||05/01/2014|
Mariah's songs when she was with Mottola were dreck. I lived through that era and I can't turn the dial fast enough when they're on. Not even a sense of nostalgia. Her post breakup album was great and she was at least interesting. Tommy is a nutcase. No wonder Mariah drinks.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||05/01/2014|
I told you Tommy Mottola was the devil!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 31||05/01/2014|
R4 Blowing guys and anal are considered being a virgin by her flighty generation so perhaps she was a "virgin."
R16 That bit of info was posted in her yearbook which was circulated on the the internet. She did in fact like guidos and did have a so-called "cougine" hairstyle.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||05/01/2014|
Why was he so obsessed with her? Her talent? She's not that beautiful or interesting.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||05/01/2014|
[quote] Mariah's songs when she was with Mottola were dreck.
There's nothing dreck about "Vision of Love," "Fantasy," "Always Be My Baby," "Dreamlover" and others. Those are great Pop/R&B tunes. "Hero" and "One Sweet Day" is dreck.
I agree she got interested post-divorce, but that's also the time when her voice started to decline. Without the voice intact her music loses its sheen (despite her campy, nutty lyrics filled with sly double-entendres). She did have a nice triumph with the badly titled "The Emancipation of Mimi," but everything after that has been total garbage.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||05/01/2014|
He described how he would push her down in the closet and beat her with wire hangers and scream I made you YOU FAT LITTLE MOO-RIAH COW-RY. Lol. Admit it that's what you want to read...
|by Anonymous||reply 35||05/01/2014|
I liked a few of her post Motolla songs. THis one is a very guilty pleasure of mine. Probably because I'm such a whore.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||05/01/2014|
Wow. All those Blind items at the time we're true. There were quite a few about how he kept her a virtual prisoner (although in a huge mansion) and tried to keep her away from other men.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||05/01/2014|