Mariah Carey says that she related to Diana, Princess of Wales, after they shared a brief encounter in 1997. The pop star says they were both "hunted ferociously" by the press.
Writing in her new memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, Carey recalled how she locked eyes with the late royal at a party not long before her death in August that year, a moment that she described as "brief but unforgettable". She talked of how the princess had "that look – the dull terror of never being left alone burning behind her eyes".
"We were both like cornered animals in couture," writes Carey, according to Cosmopolitan UK. "I completely recognised and identified with her. We shared that understanding of how it felt always being surrounded by people, all of whom might not be trying to hurt you, but all of whom are trying to do something."
She concluded her story by adding: "I didn't know she would be caught and killed shortly after our encounter."
Carey's memoir has been well received among critics for its candour, dry humour and self-awareness. As well as offering an insight into her as a person, the book also takes fans inside her creative process. Talking about one of her biggest hits, All I Want For Christmas, she admits she wasn't in the happiest place at the time of writing, which is why she wanted to create such an uplifting track.
“I wanted to write a song that would make me happy and make me feel like a loved, carefree young girl at Christmas," she says. "It was from my little girl’s spirit and those early fantasies of family, and friendship, that I wrote All I Want for Christmas Is You."
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