6. Tommy Mottola talks Mariah Carey
Tommy Motola is apologizing to Mariah Carey for how he acted during their relationship in his upcoming career biography, Hitmaker.
In the past, Mariah has said that Tommy was very controlling of her when they were married, but he sees it a different way. In his opinion, Mariah was simply too young to handle all the work that was required of becoming a household name.
He told "Today" host Matt Lauer, "I guess that at 20 years old, all of the things that it takes to make a super star and all of the pressures that go along with that–and then being thrown in the middle of a routine that is almost unbearable to withstand for anyone–could absolutely feel that those pressures would be overwhelming."
In the book he explicitly denies being the monster that Mariah has made him out to be."No, I did not hypnotize Mariah. No, I did not hypnotize her into selling 200 million albums. No, I did not chain her to the recording studio in the mansion we built after we were married," he writes in Hitmaker. "If it seems like I was controlling, let me apologize again. Was I obsessive? Yes, but it was also part of the reason for her success."
Noting that this may be the first time that Mariah has heard such an apology from him, Tommy said he’s got no hard feelings for his ex-wife at all. "I have nothing but the greatest respect for her in the world. She’s one of the most talented singers and songwriters that has ever come along," he said. "I feel great about all of the things that she has achieved as a result of all the work that we did."
Tommy also shared his thoughts on Michael Jackson with "Today" in the video below!