Mariah interview in UK magazine Now

Thursday 18 September 2008

She's one of the biggest selling recording artists of her generation. She has stacks of cash, the adoration of her fans and a army of assistants to cater to her every demand. Yep, it's fair to say that Mariah Carey, 38, is well and truly living the high life. Since we last caught up with her, Mariah's had even more success, with two massive hit singles from her latest album E=MC2, not to mention the small matter of getting married to rapper and actor, Nick Cannon, 27, who she'd been dating for just a month. But how will she cope with answering Now readers' questions? Well, as it turns out, she's not in the chattiest of moods...

Is you voice insured? (Peta Masters, London)
Wouldn't you insure it if you were me?

You've just brought our your own perfume. What made you decide to do that? (Karen Thompkins, Hounslow)
I've always really loved the idea of a frangrance, but I'd never found one that felt like it was meant for me. When I was offered the opportunity to create my own, I jumped at the chance. M by Mariah Carey is for everyone, especially my fans.

Which men's fragrance turns you on? (Mike Stott, London)
Usually less is more when it comes to men's cologne. I don't like strong, overpowering scents but, that aid, frangrance smells different on each person, so you can't rule anything out.

You seem to love butterflies - your perfume bottle is even shaped like one. What's the deal? (Susanne Elders, London)
Butterflies are incredible inspirational to me. I really love the fact that they represent metamorphosis and freedom.

Do you have any plans to design your own clothes range? (Fran Pinder, Hull)
I plan on doing anything that inspires me creatively. Otherwies it's not worth doing it.

What's the most amount of money you've ever spent on one thing?
(Bonnie McKelvey, Manchester)
I've never been a fan of talking about money. I think it's a bit tacky to do that.

When was the last time you cried? (Rochelle Davies, Wimbledon)
I cried just let night.

What's your favourite food? (Carol Browne, Manchester)
Pizza, but I'm not allowed to eat it!

What's your favourite room in your house? (Cathy Slattery, Cornwall)
My bathroom. It's kind of my own personal spa. It's very glamorous and "old Hollywood".

What are your home comforts? (Vikka Calder, Chester)
My fluffy comforter (duvet), my pillow and my bath tub.

What's in your make-up bag? (Renee Colt, Leeds)
My lip gloss and my perfume.

How do you choose which beauty products you use? (Pasty White, Middlesborough)
I went to beauty school, so I know lots about make-up. Also, I get to work with the best make-up artists, so I learn from them.

What do you always make sure you pack when you travel? (Olivia Betts, Reading)
Sun cream with a high SPF is a must, plus sunglasses and a huge sun hat. And I always pack a lip gloss and bronzing powder.

What are your all-time favourite book and film? (Luci Anderson, Whitby)
The only book I make time to read is the Bible. I love too many movies to pick one.

Who's your style icon? (Tina Koch, Edinburgh)
Marilyn Monroe.

Tell us your favourite designers? (Sam Hewitt, London)
Azzedine Alaia, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Donatella Versace, Gucci, Chanel and YSL.

Have you ever made a fashion faux pas? (Fiona Duncan)

When did you last kiss someone? (Coleene Miller, London)
Just now.

Prize question? When you get time off, how do you like to spend it? (Claire Chapple, Chester)
I don't get much time off, but I make sure there are period on my schedule when no work's allowed. The best way is to go on vacation. I love tropical places and swimming in the sea. The more secluded a place is, the better.

(Alison - February Sky)

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