The New York Post got its hands on the new memoir by music honcho Tommy Mottola and the paper’s most depressing article today is a long piece detailing all the ways Mottola outlined his abuse of ex-wife and ex-employee, Mariah Carey. Mottola first came into contact with then-18-year-old singer through a mix tape. He might have fallen in love with — and set his sights on making money from — her voice, but he very quickly turned their relationship into a sexually exploitative, controlling and emotionally abusive one.
As the Post explains, Carey had just graduated from high school and was working as a backup singer when Mottola set his sights on her, promising to make her bigger than Madonna and Michael Jackson. But first he made Mariah break up with her boyfriend, who was also her collaborator; he assumed control of all her producers and song writers; and he refused to allow her time off to relax and enjoy her success.
After the couple married, the abuse only worsened. She couldn’t collaborate with who she wanted to work with; she was forced to do albums she didn’t want to do. In a classic move of isolating her from her friends and family, he relegated her to a home in New York suburbs, which she referred to as "Sing Sing."
The Post describes how at one point early in the relationship, Mottola bragged that his therapist warned him to stay out of Mariah Carey’s pants, shrink-ishly pointing out both that he was married and that the singer was basically still a teenager. (She is still basically a teenager, kind of.) Instead, he trotted Carey out on his arm at an awards show where she took home several awards just because he knew his shrink would be watching. This fits perfectly with what we know about abusers: instead of being remorseful, they’re actually quite proud of themselves for getting away with it.
The Post quotes directly from Mottola’s memoir, Hitmaker, out later this month about how little remorse he feels — nay, he feels justified:
“If it seemed like I was controlling, I apologize. Was I obsessive? Yes. But that was also part of the reason for her success.”
What an asshole.
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