Why Mariah Carey Considers Herself "Kind of a Prude"

The Grammy winner got candid about her headline-sparking love life.

By Samantha Schnurr Jul 09, 2019 1:38 PMTags
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Mariah Carey is getting candid, dahling. 

As Cosmopolitan's August 2019 cover star, the iconic songstress got to talking all matters of her very famous life, including the men in it. As fans well know, she was married to music executive Tommy Mottola, who had signed her to Columbia Records at the start of her career. However, their separation was announced just shy of four years later in 1997. 

"You might want to picture a child bride," she told the magazine. "There was a conscious effort to keep me as this all-American, whatever that means, girl. It was very controlled. There was no freedom for me as a human being. It was almost like being a prisoner." 

Mottola later addressed their relationship in his memoir,  writing it was "absolutely wrong and inappropriate" to become involved with the star and apologizing "for any discomfort or pain that all of my good intentions inevitably caused her," according to Billboard. He also called her past descriptions of him "untrue."

Carey later married Nick Cannon, with whom she welcomed now-8-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe.

A year after Cannon filed for divorce, the songstress was engaged to Australian billionaire James Packer, though they broke it off less than a year later.

The Grammy winner has since been in a romance with backup dancer Bryan Tanaka.

While she's dating a younger man, Carey maintained to the magazine, "I haven't had that many, but there has been a variety pack."

And, despite all the headlines sparked by her love life, Mimi candidly told Cosmo, "I've only been with five people in my life, so I'm kind of a prude, honestly, compared to most others in the field."