Tommy Mottola Dishes on the Status of His Relationship with Ex-Wife Mariah Carey

Published: Thursday 7th Jun 2018 by Rashad

(Photo credit:  Weston Wells/Variety Magazine)

While pop icon Mariah Carey has made headlines recently for referring to her early 90s marriage to legendary music exec Tommy Mottola as ‘wounding’ due to his alleged ‘controlling’ manner (click here to read more), he – on the other hand – has had nothing but glowing things to say about his former bride.

Taking to Variety magazine to dish on his exit from the music industry and entry into the theater realm, namely with his latest Broadway venture (the Donna Summer bio-musical), the one-time leader of Sony spoke candidly about his present relationship with the songstress.  Discussing her disastrous 2016 NYE performance and its 2017 redemptive redo, Mottola weighs in on the status of the singer’s current career while angering ‘American Idol’ fans for his comments on Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

Read his interesting words inside:


“…I don’t watch any music competition shows. I was the biggest “American Idol” fan ever, OK? Simon Cowell is my friend. They didn’t develop one star.

Kelly Clarkson is a great singer. She never became a recording star. Carrie Underwood had a recording career. When you think about it, not one global superstar broke out of that show, and the show was No. 1 in every country in the world.”


V:  Are you and Mariah still friendly?

TM:  I’m friendly with everybody.

V:  Did you watch her on New Year’s Eve?

TM:  I thought she was great. I didn’t have to give her advice again.

V:  Did you call her last year after she had that stage malfunction?

TM:  Yeah. It shouldn’t have been her problem. The people she had working for her, how do you allow that to happen? It’s like, “Come on. That should all be fixed in sound check.” There should be no room for error. I felt bad for her. Look, she’s as talented as one can be. Those songs, they’ll go on forever. Some of her vocals and all those albums we did are incomparable. Everybody tries to emulate them.


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  1. 👧 + ✈ = 💀 June 7, 2018

    He spoke facts

    • Fancy BISH June 7, 2018

      PURE facts lol…people think they’re on a level of the greats and then they release Chun Li and Barbie Tingz lmao…and then a hero comes alonnnnng lol…BISH buttt asss naked on the cover with her tittiez out, but yet she was shading Mariah…Mariah was #1 on the charts with Whitney, Madonna, Janet, Biggie, Tupac, Garth Brooks, Celine, Britney, Toni, Michael Jackson….CHILE…Nicki struggling with only Migos, Post Malone and Cardi lmao 😂

      • XYZ June 8, 2018

        Nicki is a trash queen, and to be honest, she does that quite good. Being a naked fraud calling herself queen with some dumb songs and her p**** hanging out. That’s what the new generation is into. But they cannot compete with the classics you mentioned. And those who maybe could one day, are not as successful as they should be. Times have changed. We give trash like migos success, so that’s what we deserve

      • Fancy BISH June 8, 2018

        @XYZ, I agree! The big problem is that artists want to be bigger than their songs nowadays! They only record songs they feel they can control! They don’t even care if the songs feel rushed or unfinished! Nicki is definitely an example of that…she’d rather be a brand than an artist…well, she tried to break the internet with that album cover and BISH didn’t even get the code for the WiFi lmao 🤣 Poor Done Li

  2. Travis June 7, 2018

    Kelly and Carrie have both sold tens of millions of albums over the past 15 years. They are stars. Smh.

    • ??? June 8, 2018

      lmao he said GLOBAL superstars not locals lmfaoo.

  3. Indie June 7, 2018

    Funny how he never talks about Michael Jackson… Yet MJ Had ALOT to say about him…his a DEVIL

  4. eric June 8, 2018

    It’s messed up how he speaks of Carrie and Kelly in past tense, as if they’ve recorded their last songs and are both approaching retirement. That’s cruel. And his little remark, “I didn’t have to give her advice again,” like Mariah is dependent on him. He thinks a lot of himself. I think Mariah made his career, not the other way around.

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️ June 8, 2018

      No he DEFINITELY made her career. You sound silly. She had a breakdown because he pulled all his folks from her camp after butterfly. She pulled through but he was big s*** way before she was signed

      • Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) June 8, 2018

        Be quiet Suicide Blonde. You are always on here mouthing off like some b|tch, all while hiding behind your fake troll account. B|tch ass sissy coward.

      • MariahsHoney June 8, 2018

        First of all lets clarify something, Mariah had 3-4 MAJOR record deas on the table way before tommy, but they wouldn’t let her write her own music and that meant the world roc Mariah. Tommy was the only one who’ve would let her,
        La Reid had Toni, clive had Whitney, and Rene or whatever his name was had Céline.
        Tommy desperately needed someone and hence why he drove and looked for Mariahs for hours.
        Mariah would have made it without him, Mariah took his name worldwide, she gave him more publicity than ever before

      • ??? June 8, 2018

        lmao sit your delusional ass down while we clarify reality here lol. Tommy mottola was ALREADY a major name in the music industry worldwide BEFORE mariah dummy, he had both MJ and George Michael on his roster, the two biggest stars in the world at that time. mariah would still be waiting tables in hells kitchen if it wasnt for HIM. HE made her a star, which is why her career flopped and declined one he wasnt in the picture anymore. no wonder she calls her fans lambs, they are the dumbest animals in the world lmfaooooooo.

      • gina June 8, 2018

        @??? Thank you, saying that she made Tommy Mottola is the most retarded & ridiculous thing I’ve have ever heard someone say, almost as ridiculous as calling beyonce the greatest performer of all time LOL!

  5. DanYiel Iman June 8, 2018

    Can’t be mad he spoke husband truth…

  6. truthteller June 8, 2018

    Kelly Clarkson has had plenty of global success. The only market where she hasn’t really enjoyed any success is Japan and the rest of the Far East. Carrie Underwood is very much a local act because of her genre, but she has still done well

    • Mr.StLaurent June 8, 2018

      Agreed. Kelly i thing is the winner, with the biggest carrier from American Idol

    • ??? June 8, 2018

      lmao well then that means kelly is NOT global star dear lmaooo

      • truthteller June 8, 2018

        Please don’t make yourself look foolish. I didn’t say she was a global star. Kelly has had success in the Americas, Europe and Australasia. Her albums chart in places like Japan and Korea, but she’s no way near the level Mariah was in those countries

  7. SMH June 8, 2018

    I just wish people would stop making excuses for Mariah over the NYE performance. Technical difficulties aside, at the end of the day, YOU are the star and YOU have the voice. She could have broken into an impromptu acapella moment, or ANYTHING, other than just standing there looking stupid, knowing she could just put the blame on someone else. Thats called being unprofessional and uncaring. Folks may think her ‘unbothered’ schtick is cute but its not. Even on her worst days Whitney would never have let some unprofessional mess like that happen.

  8. Cora June 8, 2018

    Tommy was a huge force in the music world. Ur crazy if u think he needed Mariah.

  9. i hate black and white bitchezzz…they both not sh6t June 8, 2018

    it was rumored she fked him for the record deal….” ill thank tommy personally”

  10. JOHNVIDAL June 8, 2018

    Yep I always say it. Mariah is one of those true greats we still have not seen again. The music+voice album after album is a standard. The only comparable phenomenon music has seen since Mariah, Celine and the likes is Adele, and she cannot compare when it comes to vocal ability and she has only dared to release two albums since becoming the huge global star she is. The type of things Mariah did are memorable.

    • Fancy BISH June 8, 2018

      Speak that truth! lol ☕️

    • Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) June 8, 2018

      Lots of artists can sing Mariah under. Mariah only made it big because she is a ho and she is white looking. She was whoring with Tommy while he was married with 3 kids. Nothing is really that special about Mariah or her struggle voice. Plenty of artists from the 90s could sing better than her but did not get as good a break because they were not whoring around with the president of a record label or passable as white (Karyn White, Toni Braxton, Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Yolanda Adams, Tamia, Tamar Braxtom, La India, Nikki Gilbert, Tamela Mann, etc).

      • JOHNVIDAL June 10, 2018

        LMAO Buy some ears.

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