Mariah Carey Talks About Her Emotional And Physical Breakdown Of 2001

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Mariah Carey while discussing women in the music industry opened up about her emotional and physical breakdown and how it ultimately led to her downfall

Written By Bhavya Sukheja | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Mariah Carey, an American singer while discussing women in the music industry opened up about her breakdown back in 2001. The 49-year-old who recently was in a cover story of an international entertainment magazine for its annual Power of Women claimed that she had an emotional and physical breakdown which her therapist called it a “diva fit”. After facing a hard time, Carey now spends most of her time with The Fresh Air Funds' Camp and says that her breakdown was ultimately her downfall. 

"It was an emotional and physical breakdown, but it wasn't a nervous breakdown, because you don't recover from that really. And even my therapist was like, 'You didn't have a breakdown; you had a diva fit and people couldn't handle it," she added. "These people are here making money off me; why don't they care if nobody's got an umbrella for me, and it's a sunny shoot? And the minute I was like, 'I'm not fine; I need a day off, I need a moment,'" she continued, "Nobody could handle it because they infantilized me from the beginning," speaking in an interview. 

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The breakdown

Back in 2001, Carey who was in the middle of promoting her new album and movie Glitter was hospitalized. She reportedly underwent psychiatric care for her emotional and physical breakdown as an international media outlet reported that Carey broke some glasses and dishes in a hotel room. After her meltdown, the music superstar had also reportedly cancelled all of her public appearances including a headlining performance. She claimed to be really stressed and delirious as she was juggling a video session, a recording session, and a whirlwind publicity schedule. She further added that the non-stop pace was getting to her which led to a breakdown.  

(With inputs from ANI)

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