Mariah Carey's 'Controlling' Ex: I Made Her a Star
Tommy Mottola tells his side in 'Hitmaker'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2013 5:14 PM CST
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(Newser) – Controlling? Obsessive? Sure, admits Mariah Carey's ex in his new memoir, but "that was also part of the reason for her success." Music executive Tommy Mottola tells his side of the story in Hitmaker, out Jan. 15, saying he turned Carey from a struggling backup singer into a worldwide star, the New York Post reports. "An unbelievable energy was running though me" when he heard her demo tape, he writes. And the chemistry between them was so great that he ignored his therapist's advice, ditched his wife and two kids, and married Carey in an over-the-top ceremony he calls "a coronation."

Only later did a photo of his teenaged kids crying at the wedding leave him crushed: "They knew in their bones what I simply couldn’t feel," writes the former Sony Music chief. He then pushed Carey hard, not letting her take time off or record more modern styles like hip-hop or R&B. And when she won two Grammys, Mottola thought only about his shrink watching on TV: "I can only now wonder about the expression on my therapist’s face," he writes. "She could no longer call me delusional." When the media outed Mottola as a Glock-carrying thug, Carey left him—and later referred to their union as "a private hell."

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Jan 7, 2013 3:44 PM CST
It takes two to wreck a home Tommy is just as guilty as Mariah. The only one who got dumped on and had a living hell was his wife and kids.
Jan 7, 2013 1:44 PM CST
she had an affair with a married man and expected things to go smoothly? i don't feel sorry for her at all.
Over the Road Steve
Jan 7, 2013 10:50 AM CST
"I made her a star" and "private hell." Are the two necessarily contradictory? Seems to me lots of these celebrity types live in private hells. Plush private hells, but hells none the less.