Mariah Carey Told Her Bishop 'Bye' When He Compared Her to Elizabeth Taylor

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In a cover story for Complex, Mariah Carey talks about why we won’t see much of her future third husband James Packer on her upcoming not-a-reality-show Mariah’s World. She also alludes to a potential prenup and tells a little story about dismissing her bishop.


Yes, Mariah is finally giving the world a very strategically lit, constructed version of the life she lives, including some wedding planning moments, and not surprisingly she’s controlling every part of the narrative. Carey got engaged to Packer in January, less than a year after meeting through director Brett Ratner. She tells Complex, “I don’t expect him to be at every little thing that I do, and vice versa. He’s got a lot of stuff on his plate and so do I.” Later, she adds, “He’s a private businessman and there are a lot of things with his companies that I just can’t talk about. It’s just not good for me to do.”

For the most part, Mariah is keeping this relationship private (Has anyone ever heard James speak?). But there was some talk in the story about the logistics of two rich people merging. And as with any famous woman who’s been married more than once, Elizabeth Taylor’s name came up:

Carey laughs when I describe their wedding as a “merger” and ask if bringing two successful moguls together is difficult. “We would like for it not to be a big thing, but the reality is it has to be,” she says. “Because there’s things that are specifically mine, and he’s got huge friggin’ conglomerate stuff and I’m not looking to take that from him. So it has to be dealt with. Anytime you get married to somebody [it does]—and I should know. This’ll be marriage number three. My bishop said to me, ‘I don’t want you to go Elizabeth Taylor on me!’ I said, ‘I’m not’—and then I said ‘Bye.’”

And then the bishop fainted and died because Mariah just told him, “Bye.”

Mariah also manages to wedge in some trademark shade:

But it [her show] won’t be, according to Carey, a put-it-all-out-there show in the style of the Kardashian clan— who are, coincidentally, filming something in a private dining room 15 yards away.

“Some of us,” Carey says, casting a glance toward the room, “talk about other people and what they do and la la la. But I’m not that person.”

Yeah, she’s just not that person. Read the entire profile here.

Culture Editor, Jezebel


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