More and more people are speaking out in light of the investigation of The Ellen DeGeneres Show which is looking into accusations that the workplace is a hostile environment. Mariah Carey just joined the ranks of people speaking out, revealing what really happened in a now-infamous 2008 interview in which DeGeneres attempted to pressure the singer into confirming rumors about her pregnancy by offering her champagne after she said that she didn’t want to discuss it.
“I can’t believe you did this to me Ellen,” she said in a clip that has been uploaded to YouTube. DeGeneres replied, “Let’s toast to you not being pregnant if you’re not pregnant.” The singer said that champagne is “fattening” and that it was “too early” to drink, before pretending to take a tiny sip, which DeGeneres — and the audience — took as confirmation of her pregnancy.
Not long after she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Carey miscarried. The loss devastated the singer and her then-husband Nick Cannon. “It kind of shook us both and took us into a place that was really dark and difficult,” Carey told Access Hollywood (via ABC News). “When that happened… I wasn’t able to even talk to anybody about it. That was not easy.”
Mariah Carey was 'extremely uncomfortable' on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
In a recent interview with Vulture, Carey opened up about the appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and how she felt about how DeGeneres handled the situation. While it appeared at the time that she may have been in on the act, Carey revealed that she had not been planning on announcing her pregnancy and felt pressured by DeGeneres.
“I was extremely uncomfortable with that moment is all I can say,” she said. “And I really have had a hard time grappling with the aftermath. I wasn’t ready to tell anyone because I had had a miscarriage. I don’t want to throw anyone that’s already being thrown under any proverbial bus, but I didn’t enjoy that moment.”
Carey added that she believes there is “an empathy that can be applied to those moments that I would have liked to have been implemented. But what am I supposed to do?”
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