From Stardom to Heartbreak and Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis: Mariah Carey's Life in Pictures
Always Be My Baby
Mariah was born in Huntington, New York, to parents Alfred Roy and Patricia Carey. The couple divorced when Mariah was 3 years old.
Vision of Love
The singer released her debut album, Mariah Carey, in 1990. It went on to become the best-selling album in the U.S. and earned her the best female pop vocal performance and new artist gramophones at the 1991 Grammy Awards.
Everything Fades Away
All I Want for Christmas
Mariah became the undisputed queen of Christmas in 1994 when she released her holiday album, Merry Christmas, which has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling Christmas album of all time.
When You Believe
After a role in 1999’s The Bachelor, Mariah landed arguably her biggest movie credit to date in 2001's Glitter which was considered a major flop, grossing just over $2 million at the box office. However, she's gone on to star in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire (2009) and The Butler (2013).
Mariah was promoting Glitter on Total Request Live in 2001 when she suffered a breakdown and was hospitalized. Her publicist at the time described the incident as "an emotional and physical breakdown."
The Elusive Chanteuse
The Emancipation of Mimi marked a definitive shift for Mariah as her decade-long pop dominance had waned — but not for long. The album's second single, “We Belong Together,” is one of her most popular and successful songs to date.
We Belong Together
On their third wedding anniversary, Mariah and Nick welcomed twins, daughter Monroe and son Moroccan, after she underwent fertility treatments to try to get pregnant after experiencing a miscarriage.
Mariah made her relationship with billionaire James Packer public for the first time in June 2015, nearly a year after producer Brett Ratner introduced the pair. Then on Jan. 21, 2016, Packer proposed in her hometown with a massive 35-carat ring worth $10 million. They called off their engagement in October 2016.
After calling it quits with fiancé Packer, Mariah began dating choreographer Bryan Tanaka, who is 10 years her junior. At the time, it was believed that Packer was concerned about her closeness to Tanaka prior to the end of their engagement. Mariah confirmed they were official in February 2017. They briefly split that April but were back together a month later.
Shake It Off
Mariah closed out 2016 on a sour note when her live broadcast of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest was plagued by sound problems and technical difficulties. A year later, Mariah was redeemed when her 2017 performance on the same NYE show went off without a hitch — though she lamented the lack of hot tea onstage.