All Articles Tagged "Tommy Mottola"

Forget The Chapel, Meet Me At City Hall: Celebrity Couples Who Eloped

May 30th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Most women dream of a lavish, beautiful wedding as a little girl but these 15 celebrity women traded in a trip down the aisle for a trip to city hall.

"Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos"


Daytime darling Kelly Ripa met her husband, Mark Consuelos, on the set of ABC’s “All My Children.” After keeping their relationship a secret for over a year, the couple snuck off to Vegas to elope. Ripa and Consuelos continued to play married couple Hayley and Mateo on the soap opera for six years until leaving the show. Now they have three children together and Ripa is currently the co-host of “Live! With Kelly and Michael.”

Tommy Mottola Tells The ‘Today’ Show The End Result Was All That Mattered When It Came To Controlling Mariah

January 29th, 2013 - By madamenoire
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From The Grio

There are many elements that go into the making of a superstar, and with a talent like Mariah Carey’s, some special handling is often needed. In the case of Tommy Mottola, the former Sony Music Entertainment executive  who mentored the current “American Idol” judge as she rose up the charts, that included marrying her.

Their five-year union was rocky, and she’s since been quoted as calling him “controlling” and “a Svengali.”


Tommy Mottola Is On That Joe Jackson: Controlling Mariah Carey Is What Made Her A Superstar

January 8th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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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?

Where Are They Now? The Real Husbands And Notorious Exes Of The Hollywood Divas

October 18th, 2012 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Oh how the tables have turned. When the woman is the one with the spotlight and the power as a Hollywood starlet, it can be hard to find real love. Ask the famous women who dated these 10 fellas. I’m sure they thought they had found true love, but unfortunately, what they found was a hot a** mess that looked pretty good in a suit from time to time. So where are these men at now that these ladies have moved on? Let’s find out!

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David Justice

Before Eric Benet, and the slew of other gorgeous men that Halle Berry has dated and split from, there was David Justice. Justice is a former baseball star who was an outfielder for the Yankees, the Braves, the Indians and the Oakland Athletics. And while he was winning on the field, he was also winning off the field because he managed to scoop up-and-coming actress, Halle Berry. While things seemed to be peachy keen on the outside, the two had major issues, and wound up separating in 1996, with a divorce following in ’97. When it was all said and done, things ended very messy, with Berry needing to file a restraining order against Justice during their divorce proceedings. After the fact, Berry became very depressed and even entertained the thought of suicide before the thought of her mother got her back on track. We know what Halle’s on these days, but as for Justice, he’s married again to a woman named Rebecca Villalobos. Of course, he is retired, and for a few years there, was a game and studio analyst. Nice to see that both have moved on and are happy campers again.