“I handled that situation poorly,” she told Sister 2 Sister. “I do think I should take all the responsibility for that because whether it’s me or my mom…, we could have walked away.”
Viewers of the show watched as Mariah and Toya’s disagreement turned physical. After hearing that Toya was spreading her personal business around, Mariah said she planned to avoid Toya during a birthday celebration they both attended. However, Toya approached Mariah, touching her hair, and complaining about Mariah’s mother. In the end, the ladies ended up rolling around on the ground pulling each other’s hair.
Though only 7 percent of S2Smagazine.com users who voted in an online poll held Mariah solely responsible, she selflessly took the blame, explaining how she was the catalyst for that night’s drama.
“It did start with me. Everything started with me,” she said. “She doesn’t know any better…. I was upset. I should have just not went to the party, and I could have really, truly prevented all of that.”
Mariah was co-hosting the party at which she was planning to present her husband with a new car, and that’s why she didn’t decide to stay home that night. In retrospect, she would have done things differently.
“I tried to put on a game face. I had nothing to drink that day, no alcohol,” she said. “I overcompensated with energy and enthusiasm, but it just backfired because I was holding it all in.”
Though Toya denied ever sharing Mariah’s family secrets with others, Mariah has it on good authority that Toya did exactly that.
“Keep watching and I think that you’ll see what’s true and what’s not true. The thing about a lie is, you gotta keep telling them once you tell them. I am glad that the tape tells it all,” she said.
Reality TV fans have seen more than one friendship disintegrate in front of the cameras, but Mariah described her relationship with Toya as “finicky” from the start.
“My children called her Auntie Toya,” said Mariah, who never really established a great connection with Toya. “I felt that there was something always there. I don’t think it was the energy that I gave. I credited it with being her personality.”
Though she’s forgiven her, Mariah said she’s not sure the two will ever be able to mend their relationship.
“At the end of the day, the reason why I’m able to say that I can take full responsibility is because I forgive her. I will never forget, and I’m not saying that I will be back friends with her. I don’t know what the future holds, but I say all that to say that it ended up being a great thing,” she said.
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