Mariah Carey has had a phenomenal career, which isn’t over yet, but that doesn’t mean she has no regrets about past business moves.
“I regretted Glitter for the longest, but now it’s a cult classic, and I own it,” Mariah told the DJs of Power 105.1 in New York. “What I regret is that I didn’t have the proper screen writer. I didn’t have the script…They should have let Terrence Howard be the main character, and that was a decision that the studio made.”
Mariah has been in films since, including the critically acclaimed The Butler and Precious, but she hasn’t had a starring role since Glitter in 2001.
While working on The Butler, Mariah persuaded her friend Lenny Kravitz to join her has a judge on “American Idol.” Though she didn’t use the word “regret” to describe her feelings about being on the popular Fox competition show, she admits she wasn’t pleased with how things turned out.
“That was a moment in my life…I’m going to press delete,” she said. “I felt like [Lenny Kravitz] had a certain amount of credibility as an artist, as a rock star. They chose to go another direction that felt very reality TV.”
There was rumored tension between Mariah and rapper Nicki Minaj who was also a judge on the show, and Mariah said that took the focus off of the wannabe singers.
“I was hoping to be more of a mentor for the people there, not the show, the contestants. I wasn’t happy there because I felt like I couldn’t be real,” explained Mariah who thought the competition would be “more serious and more focused on contestants” and not a “fake, dramatic fight that never existed.”
Mariah’s moved on from “American Idol” and is now working on a Christmas film, a new album and possibly a new book; although, she’s not too pleased her husband Nick Cannon already announced her plans to release the prose.
“Nick jumps the gun. I’m not ready to talk about any babies’ books,” she said. “Nick released a press release, but I have not agreed to those terms…”
Mariah joked that her husband shares a little too much of their private lives with fans, and she refuses to elaborate on what the two do alone.
“Nick needs to stop talking so much,” she joked. “I would prefer to have a certain degree of decorum versus just saying anything for laughs.”
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