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Mottola, who is 20 years Carey's senior and married her when she was just 23, is clearing the air in his new memoir "Hitmaker," saying he might have been demanding, but he's the reason for her worldwide success. "My feeling was that there’d be plenty of time for Mariah to celebrate just a little ways down the road," the 63-year-old, now married to singer Thalia, writes.
Carey has spoken openly in the years since the couple’s 1997 divorce about how she felt trapped in “a private hell” while married to the notoriously controlling Mottola, who took a heavy hand when managing a recording career that he insisted be focused heavily on slickly produced ballads — and kept her isolated in a posh New York mansion that she referred to as ‘Sing Sing,’ after the infamous prison.
"An unbelievable energy was running though me, screaming, ‘Turn the car around!
That may be the best voice you’ve ever heard in your life,'" he reportedly writes of when he first listened to Carey's demo.
Mottola went on to push the ballads that broke Carey onto the music scene and allegedly refused to allow her to more towards the R&B she was interested in.
He also takes responsabiliy for her Christmas album to which Carey alleged asked if he was 'trying to make her Connie Francis'.1 singles, including "Vision of Love" and "I Don't Wanna Cry." She went on to produce several more albums (later with other studios) and top singles, and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time.