Mariah Carey’s 8 Craziest Moments
As the pop diva releases her new album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, we look at the highs and lows of her divalicious life
Mariah Carey is one of the most successful female singers in history – she has surpassed Elvis Presley with 18 number one singles, and with the release of her new album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which comes out today, she may just edge out the Beatles to have the most number one songs of any recording artist, ever.
But unlike that legendary band of British boys, you can’t mention Mariah’s name without bringing up the fact that the girl is just a little bit c-r-a-z-y. She “pulled a Britney” years before the pop tart ever shaved her head, and her fascination with butterflies puts Paris Hilton’s pink obsession to shame. Let’s recap some of those awesome moments, shall we?
1. Her infamous breakdown
Mariah should get credit for being the first pop superstar to have a very public breakdown for the entire world to see. It started in 2001 when she was out and about promoting her movie, Glitter (more on that hot mess below). She made a live appearance in MTV’s TRL studios, where she proceeded to prance around in a t-shirt and hand out popsicles to the bewildered audience. She then took her antics to the press, reportedly grabbing an interviewer’s tape recorder and saying to her fans: “I want them to know that this is a freaking, complete clownfest.” Then, on her website, Mariah left a voice message that revealed just how troubled she really was. She said, “I’m trying to understand things in life right now and so I really don’t feel that I should be doing music right now.” She ended up spending a few weeks that summer in a mental hospital in Connecticut. Mariah blamed the whole ordeal on being mentally and physically exhausted from her busy career but it cemented her reputation for being somewhat flighty and high-maintenance.