Mariah Carey’s large earrings are almost as distracting as her cleavage, and along with her incapability of eloquent discourse, it’s hard to take her seriously. But abuse, on the other hand, is serious. Mariah Carey appeared on Larry King Live on November 4, mainly to promote her new album, “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” but also to discuss her love life and her thoughts on motherhood.
Most of the interview was your typical ditzy celebrity responses, however King climaxed the interview when asking Carey about Rihanna, and the abusive circumstances she went through. Carey defends Rihanna, stating how difficult it is to get out of an abusive relationship, and then goes on to admit that she has been in emotionally and mentally abusive relationships (and overtly alludes to her marriage with Tommy Mottola)
Carey states, “Abuse has several categories. It’s scary. You get into a situation and you feel locked in.” The following morning, Rihanna appeared on Good morning America admitting that it was wrong of her to go back to Chris Brown after he beat her.
We all know that young girls struggle with trying to be as skinny, beautiful and desirable as celebrities. But very few celebrities offer an image or a story that can actually have a profoundly positive effect on their female fans. I hope this inspires women to start talking about what they experience, and to not be ashamed. Carey is right: abuse comes in many categories. It’s not just physical. Sadly, women are too afraid or too attached to leave it or even admit that it’s abuse in the first place. Some, like Rihanna, are embarrassed that they even let themselves get there. If it can happen to Mariah and Rihanna, it could happen to you.