Mariah Carey Opens Up About Toxic Relationship with Family

"But I wouldn't have gone here if things hadn't been done to me. If I hadn't been dragged by certain people and treated as an ATM machine with a wig on."

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In 2020, multi-awarded singer Mariah Carey talked about her memoir, "The Meaning of Mariah Carey," in an interview. A lot of the discussion centered around her personal relationships with her immediate family.

Carey got candid about her mother, Patricia, and siblings, brother Morgan and sister Alison during an interview on Apple TV +'s "The Oprah Conversation." The hitmaker's father, Alfred, passed away in 2002.

"I would never have spoken a word about anybody in my life — and I tried to be very fair — but people have drawn first blood with me historically," Carey said.

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"I know you understand this: When there are people that are in any way connected to you as a person that has achieved any success, you are a target. You're vulnerable," Carey added.

The "Always Be My Baby" songstress continued, "But I wouldn't have gone here if things hadn't been done to me. If I hadn't been dragged by certain people and treated as an ATM machine with a wig on. All it is is like: Let me get some money — and let me get some money no matter what."

Her early life was defined by trauma and violence, Carey revealed. When she was only three years old, her parents called it quits. Meanwhile, she described her brother as "extremely violent" and her sister as "troubled" and "traumatized."

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Carey disclosed to Oprah Winfrey that she and her siblings don't even know each other. "We didn't grow up together," she explained. "By the time I got into the world, they had already been damaged."

The "Butterfly" singer, who is referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by Guinness World Records, said she "literally felt like an outsider amongst my own family."

Carey continued that when she became popular, she felt that they viewed her as "a get rich quick scheme."

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As for her mother, the singer said that she felt neglected by Patricia as a child. In her memoir, she described her mom as "Beauty and the Beast" in one person.

Carey revealed that she always felt dirty as a child and that her mother left her with people who were not safe.

She added that Patricia was "not safe for me either — emotionally." Carey, known for her five-octave vocal range, also said that she never felt safe and was always in fight mode.

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