NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — “Butterfly” singer and pop diva Mariah Carey, revealed that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 201.
Ms. Carey disclosed the diagnosis this week in an interview with People Magazine’s Jess Cagle, which was teased Wednesday and will be made fully available on Friday.
In the interview, Carey, who has been in the public eye for more than 30 years, explained why she had been reluctant to publicly disclose her diagnosis, telling people that she was afraid of potential career fallout.
“I didn’t want to carry around the stigma of a lifelong disease that would define me and potentially end my career,” Carey told People. “I was so terrified of losing everything.”
Carey started her professional career as a singer while she was still a teenager in late 1980s when noted record exec Tommy Mottola, who was then president of CBS Records, signed her to the label.
Carey quickly found fame, with her debut album “Mariah Carey” providing to be a smash hit on the charts and earning her four Grammy nominations in 1991. She followed her initial success up with two more hit records and was ultimately crowned as Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” in 2000.
However, Carey’s initial reluctance to tour and her close relationship with Mottola led to speculation that her voice, which was stunning in recordings, may not live up to the hype in person. This was compounded by a drawn-out legal battle with her label, and several flops, including her feature film premiere “Glitter” saw Carey fade from the public spotlight.
In recent years, Ms. Carey has revitalized her career, starting the “The Emancipation of Mimi” and numerous subsequent releases, including her numerous and popular holiday albums. As well, she’s also been working the Vegas scene, with a long-running residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, which finally wrapped last summer after a 2-year run.
Carey told People that her decision to go public about her health was influenced by the idea that she might be able to help people in similar situations.
“I’m hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone,” she told People “It can be incredibly isolating. It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me.”