Home Celebrity Mariah Carey’s Dying Marriage Explains Why “Chanteuse” Album Collapsed

Mariah Carey’s marriage to Nick Cannon appears to be over, after a week or so of gossip items flushed out the truth. Nick apparently gave an interview to Paramount TV’s “The Insider” in which he admits the couple has been living apart for some time.

And that’s weird because Carey spoke to a mutual friend last night, gave no indication anything was wrong, and Cannon– father of her three year old twins– was at her place.

But the couple’s split does explain why Mariah’s “Elusive Chanteuse” album collapsed with just 100,000 copies in sales. After an initial week of presss, Mariah just let the album die. She didn’t do any more publicity and lost interest in the proceedings.

Now it seems obvious she was overwhelmed by personal problems in May as the album dropped. What a shame– she got great reviews for it, too. But the album’s success was as elusive as its title.

Mariah’s next move is a tour of the Far East doing concerts for the entire month of October. She’ll take Roc and Ro with her. I gather by the time she returns, her second marriage will be on the history books.

In the end, my guess is Mariah and Nick will remain on good terms. But the age difference– 15 years– was just too much. Cannon is 33 years old and sowing his wild oats as his career is in full gear. Mariah can get back to focusing on her career, and of course, the kids.


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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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