Pop sensation, actress, producer, songwriter, reality-TV star, talent-show judge, and quintessential diva Mariah Carey has been churning out hit records since the early '90s. Her self-titled debut album generated four #1 hit singles and she managed to continue her success throughout the decade with the albums Emotions, Music Box, and Butterfly.
In 2001, just before making her cinematic debut in the movie Glitter, she suffered a "physical and emotional collapse" and was forced to temporarily retire from the limelight to recover. By the mid-'00s, she had fully bounced back and created her 2008 album, The Emancipation of Mimi, which became a best-selling album in the US that year. Mariah presently ranks as the third best-selling female artist of all time and has even had more chart-topping singles than Elvis.
In addition to her considerable talents, the "Elusive Chanteuse" is also infamous for her outlandish tour-rider demands, lavish lifestyle that would make even royalty jealous, numerous bizarre TV appearances, and apparent lack of awareness of other famous pop stars. Though there are plenty of unsubstantiated, weird rumors floating around about her, these crazy Mariah Carey stories are true.
She Claims She Was Pregnant For "47 Weeks"
The Elusive Chanteuse's appearance on the popular shopping network HSN back in 2011 yielded so many quintessentially Mariah moments from the diva's that someone kindly edited them together into a four minute super-cut for Gawker.
When talking about the birth of her twins, she even made this ridiculous and science-defying claim:
'My body went through so much - you have to keep those twins in as long as possible, but it's a sacrifice you make for them. I was literally 47-weeks pregnant.'Did this surprise you?
She Once Stripped Off In A Hot Tub For An Episode Of MTV's Cribs
By now, Mariah Carey's episode of the MTV celebrity house-invading series Cribs is the stuff of pop-culture legend. It's hard to choose just one baffling and incredible moment from her 2002 appearance on the show to hold above the others: when she claims she owns Marilyn Monroe's piano, but refuses to let anyone see it; a room-sized closet just for her shoes; a guest room/shrine of self-devotion filled with fan mail and butterflies; or the hundreds of wardrobe changes she accomplishes throughout the show, including one aided by a lowly assistant.
However, stripping off and taking a dip in her hot tub (underneath a bathroom chandelier) while they were in the middle of shooting is an image nobody will ever forget.Did this surprise you?
She Made Her Now Ex-Husband Renew Their Vows Dressed As Prince Charming In Disneyland
There's absolutely no way that a diva like Mariah could let her fifth wedding anniversary with her now ex-husband Nick Cannon go by without shutting down at least one major theme park.
Not only did she clear out Disneyland to renew their vows, but the ceremony in "Fantasyland" was decorated with 15,000 flowers and 10,000 crystals. Nick was suited up as the Prince Charming to Mariah's princess. Their twins were also decked out in matching royal cosplay and the couple hitched a carriage back to their exclusive suite after the party.Did this surprise you?
She Blames 9/11 For Glitter Being A Box-Office Flop
Mariah Carey's transcendent film debut as an aspiring pop singer - such a stretch for her acting chops - should have been an absolute global smash hit. The fact that it did the exact opposite is obviously a sore point for someone so used to success. Mariah has her own theory on this though.
"Here's the thing that a lot of people don't know, that movie was released on September 11, 2001 - could there be a worse day for that movie to come out? [...] I don't even know that many people even saw the movie."
They didn't. The film only grossed $5.3 million worldwide. Furthermore, Mariah has her facts a little twisted. While the soundtrack for the film was indeed released on 9/11 the movie's release was pushed back to September 21, 2011. That's still only ten days after one of the most tragic events in American history, though, so maybe she still has a point.Did this surprise you?