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 Once Gatecrashed A Live TV Show With An Ice Cream Cart And Stripped Off
MTV's TRL ("Total Request Live") was a live show hosted by Carson Daily, predominantly used as a platform for musicians to promote whatever they needed teens between 1998-2008 to splash cash on.
In 2001, Mariah blessed audiences - and a confused Carson - with an unplanned cameo on the show. She came out on the stage wearing an oversized t-shirt (which she promptly removed) while pushing an ice cream cart. After babbling incoherently for a few awkward minutes, she was cut off by a commercial break and was checked into rehab a few days later for "exhausion."
She Played A Live Version Of One Of Her Own Songs During Childbirth
Mariah's then-husband Nick Cannon revealed on The Gayle King Show in 2011 that their twins, Monroe and Moroccan, were ushered into this world by Mariah's own singing voice:
"My wife wanted to make sure that when the babies came out, that they came out not only to a Mariah Carey song, but a live performance from Mariah Carey – her Madison Square performance of ‘Fantasy’ – so they came out to a round of applause."
If given the option, Mariah probably would have orchestrated her own birth in that exact same way.
She Accepted An Award At A Film Festival While Very, Very Drunk
Mariah was basking in the glow of critical acclaim in 2010, but not for her singing. Her portrayal of the very un-glamorous social worker, Ms. Weiss, in Lee Daniels's film adaptation of Precious was almost good enough to erase the memory of her 2001 flop, Glitter.
Also memorable for a completely different reason was her acceptance speech for an award at the Palm Springs Film Festival. From the moment she squealed her way through a hug with the director to her long pauses between each slurred fragment of a sentence, it became clear very quickly that Mimi was, in the words of one audience member, "f***ed up."
She Doesn't Acknowledge Time
In January 2019, a popular meme sprung up where folks on the internet posted a photo of themselves in 2009 and 2019. The glowups were fun, but the meme came to a halt when Mariah Carey threw her hat in the ring.
Instead of posting an actual photo of herself from 2009, the singer posted two identical photos of herself on January 16, which was "taken at some point prior to today." She captioned the double photos, saying, "I don't get this 10 year callenge, time is not something I acknowledge." Carey's refusal to partake in the challenge inspired a slew of memes in which people also claimed to not acknowledge time.