Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey knows what it takes to feel her best but that doesn't mean she always does.

In fact, the singer opened up to the Sunday Times about her struggle with feeling insecure, specifically over her body image. She revealed just a few of the things she does to look and feel her best, including what she calls a "bleak" diet.

"Yes. My diet is very bleak," she tells the publication, giggling. "I overuse the word because there is a lot of bleakness going on. My bleak diet is horrendous, but I don't want to tell anyone about it because it's none of their business."

She'd rather no one ask about her diet and exercise regimen at all. "I just don't want people commenting," she adds.

She knows this stems from struggling to find confidence. "I am a pretty insecure person," she explains, "But I have to get over that because this is the reality of my life. I look better than I looked a few months ago, but I am definitely not one of those people who says, 'I look amazing today.'"

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Mariah struggled with accepting herself while pregnant, too.

"When I was pregnant, I had a house with lots of antique mirrors on the walls, so as I walked around I couldn't help but look at myself—this huge pregnant woman," she recalls. "I hated myself for decorating the house with all these mirrors. I was so mad at myself."

In fact, figuring out the proper lighting and decor in her home is essential to helping her feel her best.

"I have to point out this is a rented house—I would never have overhead lighting," she says. "'High hats,' they call them. In my apartment in New York, it's all recessed lighting, chandeliers, candles. This lighting is abusive."

Check out her full interview with the Sunday Times here.

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