From The Daily Mail:
Former head of Sony Music and Mariah Carey’s controversial first husband, Tommy Mottola, has hit-back at claims he was a controlling tyrant during their marriage, writing in his upcoming memoir that the singer should be grateful as he made her a star.
Carey has previously described her four year marriage to Mottola, the record executive who first signed her, as a ‘private hell’ and said the music supremo, 20 years her senior, abused her ‘mentally and emotionally’.
The singer, now one of the best selling music artists of all time, married the record company boss at the age of 23.
She said he was jealous and overpowering and she ‘longed for someone to kidnap’ her from the unhappy marriage which lasted from 1993 to 1997.
But the former head of Sony hit backs in his upcoming memoir ‘Hitmaker’ saying he may have seemed ‘controlling’ but that was how he made Carey a star, according to the New York Post.
‘If it seemed like I was controlling,’ he writes in the book, ‘I apologize. Was I obsessive? Yes. But that was also part of the reason for her success.’
He also claims he helped her by not letting her take a break early in her career.
‘My feeling was that there’d be plenty of time for Mariah to celebrate just a little ways down the road,’ he writes. “I’m not talking 10 years, just a few.’
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