Mariah Carey throws all the shade, reveals the origin of her feud with Jennifer Lopez

'The Meaning of Mariah Carey' is here

September 30, 2020

Mariah Carey’s memoir has just hit the shelves, and tea has just hit the table (get it, cause it spilled).

Titled The Meaning of Mariah Carey, which promises to give a candid, unfiltered look at the star’s incredible life, "the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams." Mariah even shares details about her marriage to Nick Cannon, including what went wrong.

Admitting that her want to have kids was one of the reasons she and Nick decided to get married, Carey reveals that after that responsibilities started to take toll on their relationship. "It was wonderful and fun when 'dem babies' were little… But along with double the joy came double the responsibility. It was a lot of work, and a lot of having to be home and be available. Making the necessary adult adjustments to being working parents in entertainment took its toll on our relationship, and the end of our marriage came fast, as it began."

While we’re sad for woes that she’s had to overcome due to the end of her marriage, that’s not why we’re here. We’re here for the petty, and there’s plenty of it.

In the book, Mimi addresses her long-time feud with Jennifer Lopez, to whom she references without even mentioning directly, refusing to actually print her name. Oh such drama, we kind of love it. Instead, Mariah refers to she who must not be named as "another female entertainer on [Sony] (whom I don’t know)." Wow, we can actually taste the pettiness.

If you’ve been living off the grid, under or a rock or in a particularly heterosexual part of town, Mariah’s quip is a throwback reference to her iconic "I don’t know her" line.

Let us take you back to an early-2000s interview in which Mariah was asked to giver her opinion on so-called rival female singers. After saying, Beyoncé was “nice” and “a good writer.” She was asked for her opinion on J.Lo, to which she iconically replied with the immortal words, “I don’t know her.”

Over the years Mariah and Jennifer have both subtly thrown shade while also playing down any feud, of which we might never know the actual origin. The memoir alludes that the trouble starts and ends with Tommy Mattola, her ex-husband and then Sony Music executive managing J.Lo. According to Mimi, Tommy was allegedly trying to derail her career, by using a sample she had on her 2001 hit "Loverboy" to give to “another female entertainer on their label (whom I don’t know).” WHO SHE DOESN’T KNOW!! We swear, it’ll never get old.

Another point of contention, is Glitter, Mariah’s both epically cringe and binge worthy semi-autobiographical film. "Much of what went wrong with Glitter led back to Tommy. He was angry about the divorce and my departure from Sony, and he used all his power and connections to punish me," she writes. The soundtrack to Glitter was released by competing Virgin Records, with the unfortunate release date of Sept. 11, 2001. She vows that Tommy "and his cronies" messed with her promotional products in record stores for the album and “interfered" with the Glitter soundtrack, and the accusations go on.

In 2002, when asked if there was a rivalry, Mariah said Jennifer had "nothing to do" with her. "Singing is first and foremost, it’s a god given talent that I’m grateful for. Her thing is something different," she told Larry King. Girl, the shade! We can no longer see the sun!

And apparently two can play that game, at the 2015 Billboard Awards, Jennifer was spotted scrolling through her phone during Mariah’s performance. She later explained her behavior to Andy Cohen on an episode of Watch What Happens Live, saying that it wasn’t intentional, "that was not fair with the whole texting thing. It was a long performance!"

Well by now, we’re sure the pair has met, probably more than once. But then again, we’re pretty sure that’s not what Mariah meant with her initial comment. They do say, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

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