What happens when you put two black holes of nothingness in the same room?
Matt Lauer interviews Mariah Carey.
Mariah Carey: â€œWhen I was in a relationship â€” the difficult past relationship â€” that was a business thing as well, there wasâ€¦ Sorry Iâ€™m trying toâ€”â€
Matt Lauer: â€œAm I the only one who can say Tommy Mottolaâ€™s name?â€
Mariah Carey: â€œYes.â€
Mariah Carey: â€œI unknowingly had imposed this intense, like, work ethic on myself that nobody could maintain.â€
Mariah Carey: â€œA lot of people just think, oh, weâ€™re in America, Mariahâ€™s an American artist. They donâ€™t realize that I could be doing a phone interview with Australia at five in the morning, and then be woken up at seven to go do a photo shoot, and then continue throughout the day doing interviews and then do, you know, whatever else is on the schedule.â€
Matt Lauer: â€œDid you attempt suicide?â€
Mariah Carey: â€œNo. Absolutely not. I am not empowered to take my own life, thatâ€™s Godâ€™s choice when itâ€™s time for me to go. And thatâ€™s what hurt me. When they wrote that, that really got to me.â€
Matt Lauer: â€œThey wrote there were cuts on your body.â€
Mariah Carey: â€œI know. And I was, like, can these people come and inspect my body? I was, like, must I go on TV and be, like, (showing wrists) here you go?â€
Matt Lauer: â€œIf I were to say you had a nervous breakdownâ€”â€
Mariah Carey: â€œI would say no.â€
Matt Lauer: â€œIs that accurate?â€
Mariah Carey: â€œNo, a nervous breakdown is not accurate. Because a nervous breakdown, you know, you donâ€™t recover from so quickly. All I really needed was, like, five hoursâ€™ sleep.â€
In fact she spent two weeks at a psychiatric treatment facility suffering from what her spokesperson called an â€œemotional and physical breakdown.â€
Matt Lauer: â€œWhat did they do for you in the hospital? What kind of therapy?â€
Mariah Carey: â€œWell first of all I ended up running the group therapy session and solving everybody elseâ€™s problems.â€
and, finally, mercifully, this:
Mariah Carey: â€œLike, yes all the celebrity stuff, thatâ€™s all OK. And selling records, well, thatâ€™s nice, too and whatever. But the things that you canâ€™t replace, like the human relationships that you cannot go back, rewind and fix, are the things you need to focus on and really prioritize and realize whatâ€™s real and whatâ€™s not.â€
She’s, like, stoking the star maker machinery behind the popular song and, like, stuff. Whatever.