Isn't it just always the SAME story from guys like these?
Mariah Carey may be a happily married of two with her husband Nick Cannon now, but back when her career was just starting out at the age of 23, she was trapped in a marriage to Tommy Mottola, from whom she later revealed to be mentally and emotionally abusive to her throughout their four years together!
However, in his new memoir Hitmaker, the record executive 20 years her senior gives an entirely different account of the way in which he treated his wife, and instead asserts that his demands of her are the SOLE reason she's as big an icon as she is today!
"If it seemed like I was controlling, I apologize. Was I obsessive? Yes. But that was also part of the reason for her success. My feeling was that there’d be plenty of time for Mariah to celebrate just a little ways down the road. I’m not talking 10 years, just a few."
Yes, and there it is exactly: it was YOUR feeling, NOT hers.
And because you used fear tactics and psychological warfare to make her feel like your feelings and expectations were more worthwhile than her own, it doesn't SEEM like you were controlling: it means you were!
Whether or not your treatment of the woman you claimed to love at the time affected her road to superstardom is debatable.
What ISN'T debatable is the mental and emotional scars she had to no doubt spend years working through to re-discover her self-worth, regardless of how you choose to look at it in hindsight.
We're just so thankful that our beloved Mimi got out when she did!
Now her career not only flourishes, but her personal life AND relationships…and we'd LOVE to see Tommy try and take credit for that, too!
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