Saturday, June 15, 2024

Mariah Carey Says She’s Been Battling BiPolar Disorder Since 2001, Explains Erratic Behavior


Mariah Carey tells People magazine she’s been battling bipolar disorder since 2001. She was diagnosed when she had her “breakdown” during the release of “Glitter,” a huge bomb. If you recall, Carey was really knocked out by various revelations of backstabbing, etc.

She tells People: “Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she says. “It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”

It’s not clear why this is being revealed now, but everyone wishes Mariah well and continued mental health. To her credit she never seems depressed in public. She’s always bubbly and has a wicked sense of humor. She was obviously working hard to keep up the impression she was happy as a “lamb” or butterfly.

The diagnosis would explain some of Mariah’s erratic behavior over the years.

Mariah says on Twitter she’s back in the studio. Let’s hope she’s working on something really important and adult, not just more scatting over hip hop songs. That ship — it was fun– has sailed.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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