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Mariah Carey Says Derek Jeter Helped Her Heal from Marriage to Tommy Mottola

September 24, 2020
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey due to premiere on September 24, Mariah Carey calls Derek Jeter a "catalyst" that "helped [her] get out of that relationship" with ex-husband, Tommy Mottola. "It was the racial situation," she said. "His mom is Irish, his dad is Black, but he's also very ambiguous-looking to me. I didn't know who he was," she says. "Honestly, I don't think it was like, 'Oh my gosh, he was the love of my life.' At the time I did because I didn't think I would ever meet anybody who wouldn't... feel superior to me because of the fact that I'm not one way or another in most people's minds and they have preconceived notions, whatever." Carey went on to describe feeling imprisoned and overly controlled by Mottola, who pulled a butter knife on her in front of houseguests because he was so mad she had decided to leave him, she writes in her new memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey. In another teaser clip, Carey says, "I wouldn't have gone here if I hadn't been treated as an ATM machine with a wig on," and noted in another preview that her two children "help to heal me every day" because of their support. "Every time we have a moment that feels real and authentic and genuine, it's them loving me unconditionally," she says. Carey's chat is premiering as an episode of the new Apple TV+ series The Oprah Conversation.