Her outrageous talent is matched only by tales of her excessive behaviour and extraordinary demands – such as one 2am arrival at a London hotel when ‘Queen Mimi’ refused to enter the property until management rolled out a red carpet lined with flickering white candles.
Yet not all is well with the woman who has sold more than 200 million records and is behind only Elvis and the Beatles for US No 1s.
Damion reveals that Mariah often had little idea of the rules that her entourage took for granted.
After all, Carey, 45, has made her name as the ultimate diva, one of the most successful female singers of all time, the voice behind mega-hits like Hero and All I Want For Christmas Is You.
I lived inside her world for a while but I had to get out for my own sanity. At the time, Mariah was in the middle of an acrimonious divorce from Tommy Mottola, who was the all-powerful head of Sony Records and the Svengali who took her from a poverty-stricken childhood to international superstar.
The thing I remember most about being with her was the quiet and the loneliness. He offers a unique glimpse into a world which seems as unintentionally comic as it is mind-bogglingly lavish – a whirlwind of private jets, stretch limos and absurd whims. Mariah Carey's blushes matched the colour of her dress when Ellen De Generes grilled her about model-turned-Chippendale Tyson Beckford!
I’m sitting here with the biggest selling female artist of all time and the biggest selling Latin male artist on my way to see the biggest selling male artist of all time”.’ Mariah performs during the launch of her residency 'Mariah #1 To Infinity' at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace this month in Las Vegas.
Her powerful voice is behind such hit singles as 'Hero' and 'All I want for Christmas is you' Mariah is all diva as she performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, in Las Vegas.