Mariah Carey is opening up about her first marriage.

The singer was first married to music executive Tommy Mottola in 1993. Carey said the marriage, which only lasted a few years, was not a happy one for her.

“You might want to picture a child bride,” the singer told Cosmo. “There was a conscious effort to keep me as this all-American, whatever that means, girl. It was very controlled.”

Carey also added, “There was no freedom for me as a human being. It was almost like being a prisoner.”


The news outlet noted that Mottola called the relationship “wrong and inappropriate.”

In his 2013 book, Hitmaker: The Man and His Music, he wrote that he was “truly sorry for any discomfort or pain that all of my good intentions inevitably caused her.”

However, he has denied accounts that he was controlling as “lots of crap.”

Carey and Mottola eventually divorced, and the singer married Nick Cannon in 2008. Carey and Cannon share twins Monroe and Moroccan, but their marriage ended in 2016.

The “Obsessed” singer briefly dated Australian billionaire, James Packer, before getting involved with backup dancer and choreographer, Bryan Tanaka, who she is currently with.

The singer described her former partners as a “variety pack” in the Cosmo interview.

“I’ve only been with five people in my life, so I’m kind of a prude, honestly, compared to most others in the field,” said the singer.

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