The American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey are one of the best of her kind this generation has ever seen. She has accomplished incredible feats that many of her colleagues can only dream of. With over 200 million records sold worldwide, Mariah Cray’s legacy would live on for many years to come.
Since Mariah Crey first appeared in the music industry in 1988 and rose to fame almost instantly, she has become one of the most sought-after celebrities of our time. Like her career, Mariah’s private life has attracted a great deal of media attention. In this article you will learn everything there is to know about Mariah Carey’s personal life, including her children, parents, siblings, husbands, and more.
Mariah Carey’s Parents
Mariah Carey’s parents Alfred Roy Carey, an aeronautical engineer, and Patricia (née Hickey), an opera singer, met and married in 1960, and their relationship might have been perfectly happy if they had not been plagued by racial injustice.
Mr. Carey was African American of Afro Venezuelan descent and Mrs. Carey was of Irish descent. At that age, her skin color would have had little or nothing to do with their union, but Mariah’s parents married at a time when it was an absolute taboo to enter into a racial union. The consequences were terrible.
Patricia’s white family never supported her relationship with a black man, she even went so far as to deny it, and as a result, Patricia had to run away with Carey. But eloping with her lover did not keep her immune to the harassment they would later face from neighbors.
Regardless of which neighborhood they moved into, whether they were black or white-dominated, all seemed to disapprove of their interracial union. On one occasion, shots were fired into their window while the family was having dinner.
Mariah’s parents struggled to maintain their love for each other, but it wasn’t long before the tension took its toll on her marriage.
In 1970, Mariah’s parents had her as their third child. Mariah still remembers how her parents got into fierce arguments. In 1973, when Mariah was just three years old, her parents finally divorced. Mariah’s older sister Alison stayed with her father, while Mariah and her brother Morgan lived with her mother.
Gradually, Mariah became estranged from her father. After a fight with cancer, Alfred Roy Carey died in 2002.
Sister – Alison Carey
Mariah’s older sister Alsion Carey was born on Long Island in 1962. While Mariah fought her way to superstar status, Alison, who decided to stay with Dad after the divorce, stumbled into a really dark path. Alison became pregnant at the age of 15, dropped out of high school at 16, and married a certain Dale Scott.
Their marriage, however, was not to be a happy one. Four years after their marriage Alison separated from Dale and set off on darker paths. She eventually had four children, including three sons and a daughter. Alison turned to prostitution on the streets of New York City and became a drug addict. By the late 1980s, Carey’s sister had made contact with HIV/AIDS.
Alienated from her sister Mariah, Alison tried to repair the relationship in 1994, but it did not seem to work out well. By 2016, her situation had worsened to the point where she needed life-saving spinal and brain surgery.
On several occasions, Alison has publicly approached Mariah and even talked to media outlets about her relationship with her sister. Her older brother, Morgan, issued a 2016 statement calling Mariah an “evil witch” who had abandoned her family.
However, Mariah refused to comment on the situation. While some reports say Mariah later helped her sister by sending her cash, estimated at hundreds of thousands of dollars, others claim that Mariah completely abandoned her sister.
Mariah Carey was married twice. On 5 June 1993, she married the music manager Tommy Mottola for the first time. Shortly after their marriage, their relationship was clouded by creative differences and Tommy’s domineering attitude, which finally led to a separation in 1997. In 2000 Tommy Mottola remarried.
Mariah married for the second time the drum-line actor Nick Cannon, whom she met in Antigua while shooting a music video. Despite the enormous age difference of 12 years – Mariah was older of course – they got married on April 30th, 2008.
On their anniversary in 2011, the couple welcomed two children, fraternal twins; a boy named Scott Cannon from Morocco, and a girl named Munroe Cannon. The couple renewed their vows at the hospital where Mariah had given birth by Caesarean section. Reverend Al Sharpton presided.
Sadly, four years after the arrival of their children, Mariah and Nick’s relationship became shaky. Nick filed for divorce on December 12, 2014, and the divorce was finalized by 2016.
After her separation from Tommy Mottola, Mariah Carey was together with the singer Luis Miguel from 1998 to 2001. And after the end of her second marriage, she was in a very public relationship with the Australian billionaire James Pecker, who gave her a diamond ring on January 21, 2016, which was bigger than the one Kanye and Jay Z. gave to their respective flames together. However, Mariah and James never made it to the altar when they broke off their engagement in October 2016.
It took Mariah two months to find a new flame with Bryan Tanaka, a background dancer whom she first met in 2006.