Friday, May 24, 2024

Wait: Didn’t Mariah Carey Say She Was Diagnosed Bipolar in 2018? It’s Disappeared in New Memoir


I’m getting nasty tweets from Mariah Carey’s fans about my take on her book, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey.”

They say the book is a “memoir,” it’s just about her, and not about the vast amount of people she’s omitted.

If that’s the case, then something really major is missing from “The Meaning of.” In 2018, Mariah was on the cover of People magazine with an exclusive. It was called “My Battle with Bipolar Disorder: Mariah Opens Up.”

Wasn’t this a huge life changing moment?

“I’m actually taking medication that seems to be pretty good. It’s not making me feel too tired or sluggish or anything like that. Finding the proper balance is what is most important,” Mariah told People.

She continued: “For a long time I thought I had a severe sleep disorder…But it wasn’t normal insomnia and I wasn’t lying awake counting sheep. I was working and working and working … I was irritable and in constant fear of letting people down. It turns out that I was experiencing a form of mania. Eventually I would just hit a wall. I guess my depressive episodes were characterized by having very low energy. I would feel so lonely and sad — even guilty that I wasn’t doing what I needed to be doing for my career.”

Might not bipolar disorder account for several episodes in Carey’s life, from the “Glitter” breakdown to the James Packer engagement? And yet, there is not a word about it in the memoir. Bipolar disorder is a serious matter, and it would affect all parts of a person’s life including their extreme mood changes, decision making, and so on. Excluding it from “The Meaning of” kind of invalidates the whole book, or at least brings into question the truthfulness of the diagnosis in the first place.

One more strange thing about the book: Mariah holds Bedford Hills, New York in her memory as a place of terror, calling the mansion where she lived with Tommy Mottola “Sing Sing.” Yet, according to a recent New York magazine article, she’s moved back there during the pandemic, abandoning her Tribeca loft. She could have moved to Greenwich, Connecticut or the ritzy part of New Jersey if she wanted to stay local, or even East Hampton. But she went right back to Bedford. That’s a headscratcher.




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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