Mariah Carey is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. With over 220 million records sold worldwide, she holds the records for most Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles by a solo artist, a female songwriter, and a female producer. Despite her being the highest certified female artist in the United States, 53-year-old “Songbird Supreme” has struggled with maintaining her relationships with her family members. In her autobiography, “The Meaning of Mariah,” the award winning singer and actress reveals why she made the decision to cut ties with her brother and sister.
Growing up, Mariah Carey’s family struggles financially. When her parents divorced, her mother worked multiple jobs in order to support them. After her rise to fame, Mariah Carey took on the financial responsibilities of her family, including her older siblings: sister Alison and brother Morgan. With the combination of feeling used, mixed with resentment, she became low-contact with them.
“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,” she recalls.
After years of therapy, Carey decided that the trauma they inflicted was too great, and cut them out of her life for good.
“For my sanity and peace of mind, my therapist encouraged me to literally rename and reframe my family. My mother became Pat to me, Morgan my ex-brother, and Alison my ex-sister… I had to stop expecting them to one day miraculously become the mommy, big brother, and big sister I fantasized about.”
In 2016, Morgan Carey spoke to The Sun, claiming his celebrity sibling refused to pay his and their sister’s hospital bills, despite his failed attempts to get ahold of her, Animated Times reports. After the release of her book, Alison and Morgan Carey have filed a defamation suit. Though the songstress has distanced herself with her brother and sister, she has created a family with her children, friends, and millions of adoring fans.