Once their divorce was final, Mariah Carey came out and stated that Mottola was “controlling” and even described him as “emotionally abusive.” Mottola does admit that he was controlling in his book “Hitmaker.”
“If it seemed I was controlling, I apologize. Was I obsessive? Yes. But that was also part of the reason for her success.”
In the book, Tommy Mottola talks about what he thought when he heard Mariah’s demo record. “That may be the best voice you’re ever heard in your life.”
Carey, 18, had already been offered a record deal when Mottola heard her demo. However, Mottola upped the figured and promised to make her the “biggest pop star in the world.” Her debut album sold more than 15 million copies.
When Mottola signed Carey, he was married to someone else. However, that didn’t stop him from beginning an affair with Carey.
Mariah Carey turned 21 and wanted to bake a break and enjoy the success she was having, however Mottola writes that he balked at the idea. “My feeling was that there’d be plenty of time for Mariah to celebrate just a little ways down the road. I’m not talking ten years, just a few.”
Mottola divorced his wife and married Carey in 1993. In “Hitmaker”, Mottola states that it was him that made all the musical decisions for Carey.
He further admitted that he “confined her to their Bedford, New York mansion. A property Carey referred to as “Sing Sing” and when speaking after the divorce compared marriage to Mottola to “private hell.”
Tommy Mottola of course stated that everything he did was all for the benefit of her career and Mariah Carey should be grateful to him for making her so successful.
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