Mariah Carey previewed some intimate details from her upcoming memoir during a sit down interview with Oprah Winfrey. Carey talks about her struggles growing up bi-racial saying, “On both sides of the spectrum I feel like I was hated on by certain people in my family for having the lighter hair,” she said. “But then if they only realized, like no, actually, I have like matted hair, which is frizzy and curly.”
Carey also credits dating MLB star Derek Jeter for helping her with identity and relationship struggles. Carey called Jeter a “catalyst” for helping her get out of her controlling relationship with Tommy Mottola and that seeing someone who had similar roots, but a stable family life helped her. “It was the racial situation – his mom is Irish, his dad is Black,” continuing, “I think that it was beautiful and his family was a healthy family and they changed my viewpoint that ‘Oh it’s because of the biracial situation that my family’s so screwed up’ as opposed to ‘it’s them.’”
Hear more from Mariah Carey in the video below before her book “The Meaning of Mariah Carey” arrives on September 29th.