November 4, 2009

Mariah Carey: I was abused "emotionally, mentally"

Posted: 12:21 PM ET

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lola   November 4th, 2009 12:34 pm ET

I miss the Michael Jackson blogs and all the frequent blogging family that was created here in the wake of Michael Jackson's death. Hopefully as the investigation unfolds and comes closer to an end, they will appear again. I miss you all-

lany   November 4th, 2009 1:21 pm ET

Me too!!!

Munny   November 4th, 2009 1:40 pm ET

I am so gunna watch this even if it would be 3am in my time lol i lovd Mc

kristi   November 4th, 2009 2:03 pm ET

I am so proud of you Mariah! You go girl! 🙂

Tinkerbell   November 4th, 2009 3:26 pm ET

Go girl

Lisa S   November 4th, 2009 4:21 pm ET

Mariah Carey is fantastic! Her voice is amazing and outstanding. Through the decades she has managed to bounce back and prove all the negative people wrong.

I dont know why people always have to attack artists looks and try to critizise it when the thing with music artists is their music. All though I think Mariah Carey is very pretty and beautiful her voice is even more than that.

Most people would not have been able to take all that kind of bashing and critic she has got but she has managed to raise above that and go on.

She looks at the rainbow and follows her dreams and that is the kind of people I look up to.

Anne   November 4th, 2009 4:55 pm ET

MIchael Jackson Still Had it in the End by Francine Hardaway The Huffington Post Nov 3

Trying to duck the trick-or-treaters on my block on Saturday night (Halloween induces a bark-a-thon at my house), I escaped into the closest movie, Michael Jackson's This is It. I expected nothing. Like everyone else, after Jackson died I watched every person who ever met him once parade through Larry King Live saying what a good person he was, and listened to Liz Taylor moan about how she couldn't go on. While I never thought Michael Jackson was a child molester, I wasn't a true fan, either. And I probably believed he couldn't make it through fifty shows on the drugs he was on.

I now question my own judgment. The very first show would have electrified the world and given Jackson the adrenalin to go on. The man was a genius. Coming into rehearsals, he clearly knew every song, every move, every note. It was as if the music poured out from inside his DNA , where it always lived and now was being given the chance to express. Having never been anything but a performer, Michael Jackson was still a performer at 50, capable of astounding dance moves and exquisite timing. Not only that, but at 50 he was happy to be in the role of mentor to the younger dancers and musicians, rather than a competitor with them. He clearly wanted to give them an opportunity to shine. The audience would have loved him. Did he do every acrobatic move that the younger dancers did? Of course not. But he reminded me of a great tennis player who can win a match through superior strategy even though athletically past his prime.

At the rehearsals, he seemed comfortable with the show. Never irritable on camera, he appeared gracious and loving. By the time they were set to go to London, he had accepted the cast and crew as family, and they gave him the adulation he deserved. Many of them had traveled around the world to audition for the show. It's sad they never got the chance to hear the applause. And it's sad Michael never got a chance to do even one show, because the sets, costumes, lighting, and graphics would have been out of the ballpark. Go see this movie to see what they were working on; this production would have been worth the ticket price even if the understudy went on for Michael Jackson.

The footage was shot with two cameras, fortunately in high definition, but nothing like a finished movie. It was meant to be for Jackson's personal archive, and it is truly a documentary - it documents the rehearsals without window dressing. In it you can see the mutual respect between Kenny Ortega, who directed the movie and co-directed the show with Michael, and Michael Jackson. Clearly they are used to working together, and they help each other out. I especially liked it when Ortega told Jackson to "hold on" to the bars on the cherry picker the first time Jackson took a ride on it. Jackson seemed fearless, wanting to take it higher and sing while doing it, but Ortega only wanted him to take the ride and test the safety.

Was Michael Jackson a sick drug addict? No way. Did we, the public and the media, hasten the death of a man who felt for the planet and wanted to deliver a message of love to the world? Probably. We have a grim way of eating our public figures alive these days. I'm sure Michael Jackson wasn't perfect, but neither are we.

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

This blog: Mariah Carey: I was abused "emotionally, mentally"
As an old friend who is a psychologist always told me.....

Everyone on the planet has been emotionally abused by our parents at least once. This is because parents are Not perfect. We all make some to a lot of mistakes as parents. Of course this is on a continuum meaning some children were definitely emotionally abused more than others. .

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

@ Anne

Just for your information: Michael Jackson was addicted to Prescription drugs. Due to his tolerance, he required stronger drugs which is always dangerous.

Does that make him a bad person? NO!
Does that make him Not talented? NO.
Does that make him nasty or irritable? No!
Anyone of fame must lead a skewed and somewhat reclusive life because of "us" the public. This always has an emotional impact on the person. All Stars must cope with this.

I loved Micheal's music and thought he was an incredibly sensitive and kind person. Honorable traits that certainly go against you emotionally if you are in the spot light!

SuzieCanada   November 4th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Given what Michael Jackson endured throughout his life and particularly during the last 15 years of his life during which he was crucified by the media and the public alike, I no longer have any sympathy, or even patience, for celebrities who complain about this and that, even if they're great, even if they're Mariah Carey. Anyways, the KING IS DEAD. To me, no one else matters.

michael armstrong sr.   November 4th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I would like to abuse her with love

angela   November 4th, 2009 10:05 pm ET


michael armstrong sr.   November 4th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

How about a wardrobe malfunction to increase Larrys show

angela   November 4th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

i like mariah but this is extremely extremely boring!

michael armstrong sr.   November 4th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I love Larrys show he lets you say almost anything

michael armstrong sr.   November 4th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Are you kidding looking at Mariah is like looking at a steak dinner

michael armstrong sr.   November 4th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

There must be a full moon tonight because im turning into a wolf

Bruce   November 4th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Beautiful lady, beautiful voice...

michael armstrong sr.   November 4th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

God gifted every thing about you girl inside and outside you sing like an angel .

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Hi Angela.

I agree with you... I just cannot get into this interview.

@ Michael Armstrong

I completely agree. I really appreciate Larry King as we do have the freedom here to blog some controversial blogs. I feel its a more real take on who is watching. And CNN is NOT responsible if some one becomes upset with your blog.

We all MUST be responsible for ourselves and if we do not like what we read, we can always "click on the X" at the top of our browsers.


michael armstrong sr.   November 4th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

If my wife sees my comments im dead meat.

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Larry: drink the "Ugly" juice? Now what is that?

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

@ Michael...

And you said your wife could be reached at???? lol

angela   November 4th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

I am very glad mariah took this role, it is a huge departure for her and I think she really really needed this to grow.

michael armstrong sr.   November 4th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

I wonst new a girl named Dodie and she was pretty dang cute too

michael armstrong sr.   November 4th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

I cant help it I love beutiful feamales.

angela   November 4th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Dodie, hi, hows it going today for you, I read last nites blog and saw what happened at AC360, uh you are not alone on that one either.

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

@ Michael

lol you are on a roll tonight!

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

@ Angela:

lol Yep! if they will not post it, I just come here. I never say anything really bad... just sometimes very controversial....

I really enjoy Larry Kings Blog because I feel people have the freedom to be more real and post what they really feel whether it is good, bad, or indifferent!

How are you feeling tonight? I really enjoyed our conversation the other night,

Dorothy   November 4th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Love Mariah! So enjoying the show. She is great.

michael armstrong sr.   November 4th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Dodie I dont know if im on a roll our just full of crap but either way im having fun .

angela   November 4th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

I have noticed bruce that when the guest is of Divesque proportions they protect them alittle here, my blasting of Ms. Osmond went unheard once.....the interview is getting better. but girl, you aint 12.

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 10:31 pm ET


roll up your tongue.... I can see you drooling at Mariah from here!

Brian ~indepinion   November 4th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

I agree with the comment by Dodie that "everyone on the planet has been emotionally abused by our parents at least once".

I have to give her credit for admitting it, accepting it, and trying to deal with it. It is never easy to admit and doing it publicly has got to be very difficult, unless there is some an ulterior motive of which I didn't sense from listening to her.

Anyways, there are many different ways to parent and there will always be someone around the corner to pass judgment. As she said, there are many different categories of abuse so it is very difficult to judge without knowing all of he facts.

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

@ angela

You go girl. Keep it real!

Only once did they not post my blog and I think I had named the agency I worked for and the CEO of our agency, which could get CNN into potential trouble.

@ michael armstrong sr.

Now I am really laughing. You are honest and I love that. I suspect your the latter right now! But it is very amusing! I have a very odd sense of humor. Probably because of what I do.

michael armstrong sr.   November 4th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

My brother inlaw dont think this is a live blog and Mariah isnt really there I guess he's just too old school.

angela   November 4th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

I am good, thank you, hope you are too, .. thinking of standng in line for that HINI shot tomorrow. I find AC60 to be hugely into censorship, the posts over there are more about his tie and lots of inter community mingling , i stopped watching him sadly because of that moderation issue.

michael armstrong sr.   November 4th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

How about blowing a kiss to your fans girl

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

@ Brian ~indepinion

I agree. It must be very difficult to express anything personal on a TV interview. I am afraid I would see myself on TV when it aired and think... good grief... I just opened my mouth and filled it full of foot!

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 10:45 pm ET


I watch AC360 because of the news, but most often I stay here on Larry King because I become tired of that moderation issue. There seems to be people on that site that can say almost anything and it is not moderated; whereas, others like myself are always being moderated. I finally looked back one night to see how many of my blogs were moderated and all were except for one!


I suspect the interview has been taped. But we are "L I V E"

angela   November 4th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

well all I know Dodie is that for me, I find it to be the zennith of hypocrisy given the keepin em honest mojo there....

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Mariah Carey has a beautiful voice and I like the European spin to her music.

michael armstrong sr.   November 4th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Thanks Dodie and Angie I like talking to you guys too now its time to go bother AC 360 If she dont blow a kiss then ill know its fake.

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Michael... they do not moderate you on AC 360??? or do you have to behave yourself?


I completely agree. I love that expression... "the zenith of hypocrisy"

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Michael... take care... enjoyed talking with you tonight!


angela   November 4th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

nighty nighty friends

Dodie ~ California   November 4th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

Good Night Angela... Rest well

David   November 5th, 2009 1:46 am ET

What was it with you and Bob Hope in 1974 when he brought you into the Gator Growl unannounced?

Azu O.   November 5th, 2009 1:50 am ET

Mariah, you are very lovable. Note: a Diva dictionary means "a distinguished female singer" not a difficult woman. Mimi, you a definitely a DIVA (in a good way) of first order. Really love you, great personality and distinguish singer.

DAMIEN SABLAN   November 5th, 2009 1:59 am ET



Jacie   November 5th, 2009 4:08 am ET



THIS IS CNN??????????

Sounds more like some grade-school project where the little kiddie don't know how to "google" or take five-freakin' minutes to do proper research.

I'm soooooo sick of CNN's sloppy coverage and made-up headlines!!!!!

Can NOT rely on CNN for FACTUAL information.

Larry King doesn't know what the heck he is talking about half the time and must have 2-year-old working as producers.

It is Well-Known and Well-Documented many, many, many times about Mariah's "Imprisoned" life at the Mottola mansion.
How she dreamed about being kidnapped so she could escape his emotional and psychological abuse.
She has opened up and talked about it MANY times.

Larry King making up he ferreted out some big secret.
He is an OLD FOOL and CNN is SO OVER!!!!!

SHAME ON YOU!!! Certainly NOT the most "trusted" name in news as NO ONE can "trust" anything that CNN says anymore.

Who are you hiring these days? Second graders????

Jacie   November 5th, 2009 4:13 am ET

As for Mariah....a remarkable and gifted voice.
I am a fan and glad you found happiness with your true soulmate.

You can tell he makes you really happy and vice versa and I'm glad you spoke about your Faith.
But you do NOT have to qualify it - it is ALWAYS fashionable to witness to God! 🙂

travis   November 5th, 2009 4:23 am ET

Yea, I agree with the previous poster.
Everyone knew about what happened with Mariah after she was finally able to leave Tommy. She spoke about it, was interviewed about it and even wrote songs about it all. It is very well documented over the course of the years and in fact, Mariah has been quoted as saying she was both "emotionally and pychologically" abused in that relationship.

This is nothing new for CNN. They no longer care about journalistic integrity, fact-checking or anything remotely that has to do with "real" news.
Just headlines and as Jacie stated "sensationalism".
It's grotesque!

I like Mariah and really tried to watch, but Larry and CNN just don't care about credibility, facts and integrity any more.

Direct Quote from the show tease with Larry Voice Over: "mariah carey reveals a private side you haven't heard...until now"

That is an out and out LIE. "Until now"? Only if he recorded that in 1997 or 1998, about the time they broke up!

CNN ought to try something new for a change - doing research.
But the other Networks are not far behind.
Just heard one of the Bush Twins (President Bush's daughter) say she was hired
by NBC to do educational stories, you know, because she is a "teacher" so somehow, that qualifies her.

These people no longer care about journalistic credentials or the ability to fact-check – just "celebrity" and making headlines.
The public is being robbed.

(side note: don't ask your dad for college tuition to go to a good journalism school - just ask him to run for President so you can get on tv some day. Forget college and learning what "real" journalism is. Would love to know the backgrounds of the producers of LKL.....are they high school interns or what?)

jkarin   November 5th, 2009 9:10 am ET


irene   November 6th, 2009 7:23 pm ET

Did she talk about tommy mottola?

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