In Mottola's new memoir, "Hitman," which comes out on Jan. 15, he clears the air about his controversial relationship with Carey, who was 20 years his junior when they wed.
According to the New York Post article on Jan. 6, Mottola believes it was his demanding attitude that gave Carey the impetus for her worldwide stardom.
"If it seemed like I was controlling, I apologize," he writes in his book. "Was I obsessive? Yes. But that was also part of the reason for her success."
According to the Post, Mottola continually maintains that Carey "must be" grateful that he forced decisions on her and made her work the way she did. For example, when she contested him making her do a Christmas album, he overrode the call. And today, he points out that the album has sold more than 20 million copies.
To this day Mottola maintains that Carey must be grateful that he forced these decisions upon her. That Christmas album, he points out, has sold more than 20 million copies. “Helloooo!” he writes.
"My feeling was that there’d be plenty of time for Mariah to celebrate just a little ways down the road," explains the 63-year-old. “I’m not talking 10 years, just a few."
This didn't stop the "American Idol" judge from divorcing Mottola and publicly denouncing their marriage as a "private hell." She also said in an interview, "I came to him with the voice that I have. I came to him with the songs that went on to be Number One records."