American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey is one of the best of her kind that this generation has seen. She has achieved incredible feats that many of her counterparts can only dream about. With over 200 million records sold worldwide, Mariah Crey’s legacy would live on for years and years to come.
Since surfacing in the music industry in 1988 and rising to stardom almost immediately, Mariah has since become one of the most sought-after celebrities of our time. Like her career, Mariah’s personal life has attracted much media interest. This article will explore all there is to know about Mariah Carey’s personal life including her kids, 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 got married in 1960. Their relationship would’ve perhaps been entirely blissfull had they not been plagued by racial injustice.
Mr. Carey was African American of Afro-Venezuelan descent and Mrs. Carey of Irish descent. In this age, their skin color would’ve had little or nothing to do with their union, but Mariah’s parents got married in an age when it was an absolute taboo to enter into an interracial union. The consequences were dreadful.
Patricia’s white family were never in support of her relationship with a black man, they even went as far as disowning her and as a result, Patricia had to elope with Carey. But eloping with her lover wasn’t going to keep them immune from the victimization they would later face from neighbors.
No matter the neighborhood they moved into, black-dominated or white-dominated, everyone seemed to frown at their interracial union. On one occasion, guns were fired into their window while the family was having dinner.
Mariah’s parents struggled to stay loving to one another but it wasn’t long until the tension began to take its toll on their marriage.
In 1970, Mariah’s parents had her as the third child. Mariah has severally recalled seeing her parents get into heated arguments. In 1973, when Mariah was just three years old, her parents finally divorced. Mariah’s older sister Alison stayed with their father while Mariah and brother Morgan stayed with their 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 in 1962 in Long Island. While Mariah fought her way to become a superstar, Alison who had chosen to stay with dad after the divorce stumbled into a really dark path. Alison got pregnant at the age of 15 and by 16 dropped out of high school and got married to a certain Dale Scott.
However, her marriage wasn’t about to be a blissful one. Four years after her marriage, Alison split from Dale and wandered into darker paths. She eventually had four children including 3 sons and one daughter. Alison turned to prostitution on the streets of New York City and became addicted to drugs. By the late 1980s, Carey’s sister had contacted HIV/AIDS.
Estranged from her sister Mariah, Alison sought to repair the relationship in 1994 but it didn’t seem to go quite well. In 2016, her situation had gotten worse that she needed a life-saving spinal and brain surgery.
On several occasions, Alison has publicly reached out to Mariah and even spoken to media houses about her relationship with her sister. Their elder brother Morgan in 2016 released a statement calling Mariah an “evil witch” who has abandoned her family.
However, Mariah has declined to comment on the situation. While some reports have it that Mariah later reached out to help her sister sending help in cash estimated in hundreds of thousands of dollars, others claim that Mariah has totally abandoned her sister.
Mariah Carey has been married twice. Her first marriage was on June 5, 1993, to music executive Tommy Mottola. Shortly after their marriage, their relationship was marred by creative differences and Tommy’s domineering attitude which ultimately led to a separation in 1997. By 2000, Tommy had remarried.
Mariah’s second marriage was to Drum Line actor Nick Cannon whom she met in Antigua while shooting a music video. Despite the huge 12 year age difference between them, Mariah, of course, being older, they got married on April 30, 2008.
On their anniversary in 2011, the couple welcomed two kids, fraternal twins; a boy named Moroccan Scott Cannon and a girl Munroe Cannon. The couple renewed their wedding vows at the hospital where Mariah gave birth via Cesarean Section. Rev Al Sharpton presided over it.
Unfortunately, four years after their kids arrived Mariah and Nick’s relationship became shaky. Nick filed for divorce on December 12, 2014, and by 2016 the divorce was finalized.
After her split from Tommy Mottola, Mariah Carey dated singer Luis Miguel from 1998 to 2001. And after her second marriage ended, she was in a highly publicized relationship with Australian billionaire James Pecker who popped the question to her January 21, 2016, with a diamond ring bigger than the one Kanye and Jay Z gifted to their respective flames combined. However, Mariah and James never made it down the aisle as they called off their engagement in October 2016.
Two months was what it took Mariah to find a new flame in Bryan Tanaka, a backup dancer whom she first met in 2006.