Mariah Carey opened up about childhood trauma she attributes to her older siblings – including an allegation her sister Allison, who she described as ‘troubled and traumatized … tried to sell [her] out to a pimp.’
In a passage in her new book The Meaning of Mariah Carey, Carey, 50, said of her sister Allison: ‘When I was 12 years old, my sister drugged me with valium, offered me a pinky nail full of cocaine, inflicted me with third degree burns and tried to sell me out to a pimp.’
Winfrey, on The Oprah Conversation, asked the singer about why she feels her siblings – sister Allison, 57, and brother Morgan, 60, who she described as ‘extremely violent’ – treated her as such to which the singer insisted they were ‘damaged’.
The latest: Mariah Carey, 50, has opened up about childhood trauma she attributes to her older siblings – including an allegation her sister Allison, who she described as ‘troubled and traumatized … tried to sell [her] out to a pimp’
Mariah said of the trio, the children on Alfred and Patricia Carey: ‘We don’t even really know each other, and that’s the thing. We didn’t grow up together, but we did
Like, they were on their journeys, by the time I got into the world, they had already been damaged, in my opinion. But again, I wasn’t there. I was dropped into this world and I literally felt like an outsider amongst my own family.’
The Grammy-winning singer wrote in the new memoir that both siblings have been ‘attacking’ her verbally for years, amid their very public feud.
She told Oprah: ‘[My siblings] just grew up with the experience of living with a Black father and a white mother together, as a family, and I was, for the most part, living with my mother, which they saw as easier, but in reality it was not.’
She added that her siblings ‘have always thought that [her] life was easy’ and ‘also always looked for … a get rich quick scheme.’
In the chat with Winfrey, the mom-of-two – who shares twins Moroccan and Monroe, nine, with ex-husband Nick Cannon – said that her relationship with her mother continues to be strained.
‘I think it’s really a tough job to be a mother … so I literally try to make my kids’ lives amazing,’ the Vision of Love artist said. ‘But we all make mistakes…
‘I would say the neglect was on several levels. I always felt dirty, I didn’t feel put together, and’ her mother was leaving her ‘with people who were not safe.’