Mariah Carey talks about her difficult childhood and reveals why Christmas is such a big deal in her family in a new interview with Billboard.
Carey’s 25-year-old festive classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” recently became her 19th No. 1.
She says of the track, “We definitely wanted to kick it into high gear this year with the song to celebrate the 25th anniversary, but I definitely didn’t expect it to hit No. 1 two weeks before Christmas. I just want to thank everybody. I want the world to have the best holiday ever.”
Carey talks about her childhood, telling the mag: “I come from an extremely damaged childhood. But the thing is, from the manure comes a flower. You have to go through some stuff where you can get to a place where you can be optimistic because if you don’t have that optimism, you won’t survive.”
She adds of why the holidays are so important to her: “I grew up looking forward to the holidays all year long, but because I have such a tragically dysfunctional family, certain family members or ex-family members would ruin it every year. As an adult, what I’ve tried to do is take what I always wished Christmas would be and have the perfect holiday season.”
Carey shares of her own memories of Christmas: “[My mother] is the reason why I love Christmas so much. She got me into it. She was super-festive and tried really hard even though we had no money.
“She would wrap up fruit in newspaper and give it to me like, ‘This is from the cat!’ She would sing Christmas carols and make mulled wine and have her friends over. I got that from her, and whatever our differences are, I’m so thankful for that.”