Mariah Carey Backtracks After Alleged Verbal Stab at Kim Kardashian
Cat fight alert! Make that "potential" cat fight alert.
Brand new Jenny Craig spokeswoman Mariah Carey, who employed the weight-loss method to drop the extra pounds she packed on when she got pregnant with "dem babies," made a verbal faux pas that many assumed it was a verbal stab at Kim Kardashian (the reality star's recent marriage imploded after 72 days and several millions of dollars of wedding expenses). Much of the media and the public felt the marriage was just a marketing ploy and a ratings and cash grab for Kim.
When Gayle King asked the diva at a Jenny Craig press conference how she and her hubby and dem babies daddy Nick Cannon keep their marriage strong, the singer offered a simple explanation that many assumed was a barb.
First Carey said, "I'm a real person, I'm not going to put on a fake face for Hollywood." Then she said, "There's no teams; me and Nick are the same team always. Sometimes we make each other mad. That's why we're not divorced after four months. I'm just saying this Hollywood thing ... Did I say something that is wrong?"
Several people chuckled at Carey's statement, assuming she was referring to the famous-for-being-famous reality star and brand marketing genius that is Kardashian.
Carey later backtracked when speaking to Extra!, saying, "First of all, I don't read the tabloids unless it's about me. And even then, when it is about me, I try not to read it unless it's good. I don't look at these people. I don't even know what it is, but I do know that marriages come and go really quickly in Hollywood."
Carey then shifted the focus, placing her comments in the context of her own personal views on the supposedly sacred institution of marriage. The singer further explained that when she married Cannon, her second husband, she did so with the idea that she was in it for the long haul. "A lot of people have high-profile moments, and then they get a divorce, and I'm sure it's very painful for them," she said. "My thing is: I don't want that. I got married to stay married. I want some stability for our kids, and Nick feels the same way. Not only are we both kind of jokesters, for the lack of a better word, we are also kind of provincial in that way. I think we both believe in trying to make it through. I'm proud of it."
So maybe Carey was making a sweeping generalization when she made her comment and maybe she wasn't pointedly referencing Kardashian ... Although who could blame her if she was?