Mariah Carey has admitted that her dysfunctional family would ‘ruin’ Christmas for her as a child.
In a candid interview with The Mirror, she told of how she would want to make the holiday ‘perfect’ but her family would make it difficult.
The singer, 52, said: ‘I always wanted Christmas to be perfect and looked forward to the holidays, but I had this incredibly dysfunctional family that would ruin it. Not my mom. She would try to make it fun.
Sad: Mariah Carey, 52, has admitted that her dysfunctional family would ‘ruin’ Christmas for her as a child
‘But we didn’t have a lot of money, so sometimes she would wrap up fruit because it was all she could afford. I was like, “When I grow up, I am never going to let that happen. I am going to make Christmas perfect, every year.”‘
Elsewhere in the interview she admitted that she likes to spend Christmas in Aspen because there is guaranteed to be snow, but also likes her native New York.
Speaking on how her new Christmas song Fall In Love At Christmas compares with her older track All I Want For Christmas Is You she said: ‘It’s not a battle or anything like that. All I Want For Christmas Is You is the first Christmas song that I ever wrote. Is it my favourite? Maybe, but I love all Christmas songs. I just love music and making music.’
Mariah is the mother of 10-year-old twins Morocco and Monroe and has been dating Bryan Tanaka since 2016.
‘I always wanted Christmas to be perfect’: In a candid interview with The Mirror , she told of how she would want to make the holiday ‘perfect’ but her family would make it difficult
She also has a series with Apple TV+ coming out, which will have a festive set up and will include guests such as Khalid.
Yet while she may be known as the ‘Queen of Christmas’ she has insisted she never chose the festive moniker herself and believes the title should be bestowed upon the Virgin Mary.
The singer explained to the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show: ‘That was other people, and I just want to humbly say that I don’t consider myself that.
‘I’m someone that loves Christmas, that happened to be blessed to write All I want For Christmas Is You. And a lot of other Christmas songs.
‘And let’s face it, you know, everybody’s faith is what it is. But to me, Mary is the Queen of Christmas.’
Not good: The singer said: ‘I always wanted Christmas to be perfect and looked forward to the holidays, but I had this incredibly dysfunctional family that would ruin it. Not my mom.’
She began: ‘So I started writing Fall In Love At Christmas over the summer. So we were in Atlanta at a house where we made this place called the Butterfly Lounge, and we were doing all different kinds of music. And then we decided, “Oh, this might be cool to do a Christmas song.”‘
Host Zoe mentioned the twins being present in the video as she sweetly added: ‘It’s so lovely to see Monroe and Moroccan in the video. I also love the fact in the video, they’re still going about their regular business, this is fantastic.’
Mariah: ‘I love it because, especially my son, he I mean, yes – I’m not saying my daughter doesn’t – but my son picks certain Christmas songs that I’ve written and certain songs and he tells me, I like this part or I like that or whatever, so it makes me really happy.’
When asked what the most over-the-top, sparkly Christmas decoration in her house was, Mariah turned to her son for his thoughts.
She asked: ‘Wow. Rocky, do you have any? So what do you think is the most over-the-top, sparkly or just like amazing Christmas decoration? Is it a big tree in the living room?’
The youngster Rocky agreed but added: ‘I also like the Christmas lights gathered around the house. Those are cool, pretty much the entire house is pretty cool and sparkly.’
Anticipated: She also has a series with Apple TV+ coming out, which will have a festive set up and will include guests such as Khalid