Mariah Carey covers the “Christmas edition” of Elle Magazine, mostly to promote all of her things, her album Rarities, her memoir, and Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special, which is on Apple+. But mostly, Mariah just loves Christmas, loves to talk about Christmas, and loves to experience Christmas every year. She worked hard to become Ms. Christmas and now every Christmas feels like The Mariah Carey Holiday. You can read the full Elle piece here. Some highlights:
The clips of people singing “All I Want For Christmas” when Joe Biden won: “It felt great to be a part of those celebratory moments—and it totally took me by surprise. It’s been such a hard year, and I really feel like people so need a celebratory moment. At every turn, it’s like, ‘We can’t be [together]; you can’t celebrate. This is canceled; that’s canceled.’ I never want to celebrate too early. I’m always like, ‘We can’t do this; they’re making it happen too soon,’ but I have to go with it this year.”
She creates her childhood fantasy of Christmas: “I think it’s just that longing that I had as a child, that I always wanted things to be perfect for the holidays. And they never were. It was always somebody ruining the moment, always these dysfunctional family members who came around and foiled everything. And so I just made a pact with myself that I wasn’t going to allow that to happen anymore.”
How she spends Christmas: “I literally go to a snowy place. Reindeer are there… I’m not making this up. Santa Claus comes, hangs out with the kids. And by the way, even if I didn’t have kids, I would be doing this.”
Being biracial: “It’s very difficult to explain to most people who haven’t experienced that on some level. Being very ambiguous-looking, that really affected the way people saw me or judged me, depending on what kind of caste system you grew up with…. There would always be that question of, ‘What are you?’ Not ‘Who are you? How can I get to know you as a person?’ But ‘What are you? Oh, you’re so exotic. What are you mixed with?’ It depends who’s asking the question and how they ask the question.”
Her 2001 “breakdown” on TRL: “I did not ‘have a breakdown.’ I was broken down—by the very people who were supposed to keep me whole.” She tells me the memoir is “a survivor’s story.”
Sadness is part of Christmas too: “If you don’t love it, you can’t write the songs that really affect people or make people happy, or melancholic, whatever it is, on the holidays. I do live from Christmas to Christmas; it’s the only thing I look forward to every year. Well, it’s not the only thing…but it’s truly the best time of year for me.”
I understand all of the “creating a fantasy from your troubled childhood now that you’re rich and successful” stuff, honestly. I get that. But what I don’t get is why she “lives from Christmas to Christmas.” Did she have any other fantasies from childhood, perhaps creating the perfect playhouse for her kids, or creating the perfect Valentine’s Day, and on and on? I don’t know – Roc and Roe seem like surprisingly well-adjusted kids, so maybe Mariah is playing up the “Christmas OR DEATH” thing for dramatic purposes, but really… I worry sometimes!
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Cover courtesy of Elle, pics courtesy of Mariah’s IG.
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