Mariah Carey's passion for Christmas stems from her dysfunctional childhood holidays


By CAPosts 02 December, 2020 - 08:57am 188 views

If there is an artist who captures all the attention when these dates arrive, it is none other than Mariah Carey thanks to her well-known Christmas carol All I Want For Christmas Is You . But if this issue, which according to Business Insider has made the American company earn 60 million dollars just for the reproduction rights since it was launched in winter 1994, brings for many a feeling of longing and happiness for the arrival of Christmas and family reunions, for the song's author herself hides a more special meaning.

As the singer revealed in an interview with Elle magazine, her passion for Christmas comes from those "dysfunctional" holidays that she lived as a child. “I think it's that longing that I had as a child, that I always wanted things to be perfect for these dates… And they never were. There was always someone who ruined the moment, some member of my dysfunctional family who would come and frustrate everything. So I made a pact with myself that I would not allow this to happen anymore ”, she has counted. A pact that seems to have come true because for 26 years his song has become the soundtrack of almost all homes and Christmas parties. “A lot of very bad things happened to me when I was 12 years old. But there is also the spirit of that girl, that fighter who does not give up, who accepts who she is, ”he pointed out to the same publication.

A tough childhood and adolescence marked by racism and violence, which Carey also talks about in his memoirs, The meaning of Mariah Carey , published last September, where he reveals unknown details that confirm that the public brilliance of the stars does not always accompany them in their private facet. "When I was 12 years old my sister drugged me with Valium, offered me a pinky finger nail full of cocaine, gave me third degree burns and tried to sell me to a pimp", Carey says in his book to add that for his brothers and her own mother came to be treated as "an ATM in a wig" as soon as she became famous. According to her version, she felt abandoned and all of them “simply tried to make believe that I was institutionally unstable immediately after having signed the biggest financial agreement of a solo artist.”

Carey talks about the violence she felt at home as a As a child, she recounts several physical altercations and stops in one especially violent one of her brother towards her mother that forced her to call a family friend for help. She was six years old and when the police arrived she still remembers how one of the officers looked at her and, addressing her partner, said: "If this girl succeeds, it will be a miracle."

That miracle happened. With 15 studio albums and more number-one singles than any other solo artist and five Grammy Awards , Mariah Carey continues to achieve success today . After a violent marriage with Tommy Mottola, then president of Sony Music, and another unsuccessful marriage with rapper and comedian Nick Cannon - father of her twins -, her career does not hide several failures , such as her time at several detox clinics, her excessive An obsession with aesthetic touch-ups, and more than one disastrous concert - like the New Year's Eve concert in 2017 in Times Square , marked by her alleged drunkenness and technical problems - Mariah Carey returns this Christmas stronger than ever. In a year in which the coronavirus pandemic will also mark the Christmas holidays, the Heroe interpreter is looking forward to preparing a new Christmas special with Apple TV, Magical Christmas Special , a program that will feature the participation of Ariana Grande, Snoop Dogg, Billy Eichner and Tiffany Haddish, among other artists, and also with their children, the twins Moroccan and Monroe.

In addition to the television program, as a novelty this year the singer has also launched into the food business. creating some Christmas cookies. In partnership with Robert Earls, a renowned hotelier and chain restaurant entrepreneur, Mariah Carey has created a variety of flavored Christmas cookies that will be available to order beginning Friday, December 4, in more than 30 major markets in the United States.

On the special meaning of these dates. Carey already spoke last year in the mini documentary that Amazon Music released last Christmas: Mariah Carey is Christmas: the story of All I want For Christmas is You . “I have a great emotional connection with Christmas, it has never been because of the gifts, but because of the optimistic feeling that occurs at this time. I felt the need to express myself and make a song that would make me feel happy, "he explained then. And that song arrived paradoxically in August 1994, when in the middle of August he composed it in just 15 minutes and recorded it with producer Walter Afanasieff.

The song was included on his album Merry Christmas , which turned out to be the best-selling Christmas album of the history and today All I Want For Christmas Is You has three Guinness records (the best Christmas carol performed by a female voice, the song by a female artist most listened to on Spotify in 24 hours and the Christmas song that has been on the longest. the UK hit list); Four video clips have been made of him countless versions by well-known artists such as Michael Bublé, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus.

Source: Elpais

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