Mariah Carey has made it abundantly clear that her rise to stardom was not easy. In fact, she has pinpointed the exact factor that made her career crawl so difficult in the beginning — the controlling behavior of Tommy Mottola who launched her career at Columbia Records when she was just 20 years old. Not only did Mariah have the pressure of Tommy as a record executive, he also became her husband three years later in 1993, spawning a four-year marriage that Mariah Carey labeled mentally and emotionally abusive because of Tommy’s controlling ways.
Over the past 20 years, Tommy has neglected to really address Mariah’s claims but now he’s willing to speak out about their relationship — not so much to clear his name, but more so to make people understand his perspective and his motivation. In a new memoir due out later this month, entitled “Hitmaker,” Tommy said this about the hold he had on his young wife and artist:
“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,” the 63-year-old, wrote. “I’m not talking 10 years, just a few.”
Considering Mariah already waited out four years with her now ex-husband, I’m sure she felt it was time to get that party started or at least breathe a little. And from all sides, it could easily be said keeping Mariah on such a tight rope wasn’t really necessary for her success. Aside from a small meltdown around the time of the release of her album “Glitter” and the corresponding movie of the same title, Mariah’s career has barely skipped a beat since their divorce, and she’s still regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time 20 years later.
In this day and age of Chrianna’s you could understand why an exec might need to keep his talent reigned in but it doesn’t appear Mariah needed such micro-managing — or maybe she did and Tommy’s heavy influence is the only reason we’ve never read of the singer having any wild night outs. I’d be curious to know whether Tommy has any regrets about his management style or his marriage approach though, although it doesn’t sound like it.
What do you think about these short snippets of his new memoir?