Mariah Carey is opening up ahead of the release of her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey. The superstar sat down with Oprah Winfrey for the talk-show host’s Apple TV+ series The Oprah Conversation to discuss the tome and its revelations.
In a clip shared exclusively with Billboard, Winfrey asks whether the five-time Grammy winner was afraid to share some of the things she does in the book.
“Yes, but it’s not because I was worried about what they would think,” Carey admits. “It’s because I never would have spoken a word about anybody in my life — and I try to be very fair — but people have drawn first blood with me, historically.”
“When there are people connected to you as a person that achieves a certain level of success, you are a target, you’re vulnerable, but I wouldn’t have gone here if things hadn’t been done to me, if I hadn’t been dragged by certain people and treated as an ATM machine with a wig on,” the singer continues. “Like, all it is is [motions to make it rain] … like, ‘Let me get some money, and let me get some money no matter what.’”
Oprah’s interview with Carey premieres Thursday (Sept. 24) at midnight ET on Apple TV+.