Mariah Carey wears a bathing suit in the tub, in case her kids come in

Mariah Carey has a new Q&A interview with People in which she’s promoting her collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. Mariah has a new lipstick out, All I Want, which is just your basic nude lipstick with a tinge of shimmery pink in it. I own several nude lipsticks but that color seems a little played out.

Mariah’s interview with People is amusing, because it’s Mariah and she doesn’t have enough time for herself and will admit she’s “eternally oblivious” to her age. That’s just Mariah, she’s the queen of everything and she works from her bed. She probably did this interview over the phone while she was lounging or in the bathtub. Mariah explained that she loves taking baths but that she wears a bathing suit in the tub in case her kids barge in. She also added “I don’t get that much time for self-pampering.” When Mariah is talking, that’s extremely relative. “Not much time” means more than an hour at a stretch, I would assume.

What do you want after any long day?
A bath where no one’s banging on the door [yelling], “Mommy!” It used to be my private time, and now it’s not, but that’s okay. I’ll often take a bath in a bathing suit knowing that I’m going to have to let [my children] in.

What do you want your children [4 year olds Monroe and Moroccan] to grow up to be?
Happy. And hopefully successful and to have a good work ethic. They’re growing up with me as their mom, but I need to make them learn that they don’t just get things handed to them.

What are the qualities you want most in a partner?
I used to say a sense of humor. I think that’s important, but I think that a caring and generous spirit is very important as well.

What’s the best thing about being in your 40s?
I think I have to remain eternally oblivious to age. Honestly, when you put a number on it yourself, it’s just like, Why? Why do that?

You went to beauty school. What tips do you still use?
We learned so many things, like how to tweeze our eyebrows. I do my own.

Do you ever have a bad hair day?
I do, and then I apply my 500 hours of beauty school. If it’s really bad, I’ll slick it back and put it in a bun.

What’s the most surprising item on your vanity?
My own cream that I worked on when I was pregnant that I probably will be releasing at some point. I don’t want to go into it, but it’s amazing.

You must indulge in the most luxe treatments.
Not really – I don’t get that much time for self-pampering.

Then what’s your splurge?
Professional hair and makeup teams. They’re not cheap, but they make you feel good.

[From People Magazine Premium]

It’s not surprising to me at all that Mariah does her own eyebrows and that she learned in beauty school. That explains so much, like why she has eternally 90s brows. It sounds weird to me that she wears a bathing suit in the tub, but I would assume it’s for her staff and the occasional photo as much as for her kids. She wore a bodysuit on Cribs back in the day so she could get in tub on camera.

And as for her requirements for a partner, is it any wonder that she added “generous spirit” in at the end? She’s dating billionaire James Packer and she’s recently been seen wearing a $500,000 diamond chain link necklace that he gifted her from Van Cleef and Arpels. This is the second half a million dollar accessory he’s reportedly given her. In July she was seen out with a $500,000 18 carat yellow diamond heart necklace. How much longer until he gives her an enormous ring? Now I’m looking forward to that.

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Here’s Mariah performing with Busta Rhymes in New Jersey over the weekend. This was her first appearance since being hospitalized with flu symptoms last week. Lainey wondered whether “flu” was code for “drop 10 lbs quick.” Mariah is said to have lost 45 pounds recently. You can really see it in her face.

I get the impression that no one ever uses this bathroom and that it’s just for her Hello Kitty collection. Other photos confirm this.

Working from bed… sometimes you have to make the voice-over studio come to YOU. 😂#reallife

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  1. Lou says:

    Hmm Mariah has somebody to hold her straw for her when she takes a drink. She needs 11 people to carry her across a room. I’m not buying that she doesn’t have 5 nannies on per shift to allow her to have a bath in peace! At least Simon Cowell admits that he doesn’t do any of the hard graft when it comes to parenting and calls in the nannies for dirty diapers etc.

    • Santia says:

      I’ve never known Mariah to wear sunglasses while performing, so my bet is on some face work for the “flu” hospital stay.

      • Monica says:

        Maybe, but I have seen some concerts and she was wearing sunglass, at night too, which i think it weird, but maybe she got some new sunglasses and wanted to show them off.
        I don’t if people get work done, but own it.

  2. Jaana says:

    I think it’s good that she allows her kids to come into the bathroom with her. I mean, she could have locked the door and turn up the music. I love how her kids are all over her, especially her son. It’s so cute.

    “I used to say a sense of humor “. Uh uh, shots fired at Nick Cannon.

    • Esmom says:

      I think it’s cute, too. She’s probably away from them so much that she kinda has to turn bath time into kid time if she wants some quality time with them. Good that she recognizes that, they’re only little for such a short time, she’ll have her bath time back before she knows it.

    • Mixtape says:

      That snarky “I used to say a sense of humor” line single-handedly convinced me MC is far more with it than I’ve given her credit for.

      • Bridget says:

        NO ONE throws shade like Mariah Carey :)

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Yep. I caught that right away. I didn’t see it as praising what’s his name’s generosity so much as slamming Nick Cannon. He might have been funny, but…..

  3. Trillian says:

    Staff in my bathroom? That sounds even worse than 4 yr old kids … by that age my son was excluded from my normal bathroom activities ;) but if he wanted to climb into the tub with me we did that without swimsuits on. Not anymore of course, he’s twelve now and locks the door ;)

    • Froggy says:

      As a mom of 3 boys, I would be lucky to get a 5 minute shower in when they were little. All this bath talk makes me jealous.

      • crtb says:

        I don’t get it. Her nannies can watch her kids for the 20 minutes while she takes a bath. She can lock the door. And children need to learn boundaries about privacy. Parents are allowed to use the bathroom in private and if the bedroom door is closed, you need to knock before entering.

      • Lirko says:

        If my (then 5 year old) son would happen upon me in the bathtub, candle lit, glass of wine within reach, he would be climbing into the tub within 5 seconds. At that age bathtime = bath toys and fun. It never even occurred to him that it could be something else altogether different. But those years are so few, I never had the heart to kick him out.

    • Tessy says:

      Her bathtub is probably the size of a 10 person hot tub, jets and everything, I’d jump in with her too.

      What kind of a name is Morrocan for a kid, it makes Saint seem nearly normal.

  4. lower-case deb says:

    i can’t believe how my son is so protective of his space now (and ours).
    when he was a wee one, and just learned to use screwdrivers safely from my husband (because we couldn’t discourage him without completely extinguishing his enthusiasm, my husband thought might as well cultivate safe practices with him (and us))

    well…
    my life used to be have a constant soundtrack of: ain’t no shelving high enough, ain’t no doors locked enough…

    and he wondered why we couldn’t give him a sibling for the longest time? the nerve of the boy. *tortured sigh*

  5. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Well, that’s different. I wonder what kind of message that sends to the kids? Nudity is bad, even while bathing? Not that I’m a fan of walking around nude in front of your kids, but that swimsuit thing seems a little extreme?

    • Snazzy says:

      That’s how I felt too – I mean it does seem like a bit much.
      Then again, it is our favourite Queen Butterfly we are talking about here, so who knows, maybe its reasonable because its not a bathing suit made of gold leaf and her hair tied back in an oh so elegant chignon with a diamond and ruby tiara?

      • Joaneu says:

        The visual is cracking me up! Too funny! For some reason, I have an image of Tinkerbell in my head now. :)

    • Falula says:

      If I had to cover myself any times my kids would possibly see me nude I would be so annoyed. I know everyone has their own comfort levels and boundaries in this area but I think my kids are developing a very healthy and age-appropriate sense of what bodies look like and are used for that are not sexualized at all.

      • Girlinbayou says:

        Me too. I have 3 boys. Two of them are 6 years old and I have a 6 month old. All three of us pile into the tub. They see me breastfeeding, changing my clothes etc. It’s so much not a big deal around our house.
        A few weeks ago one of my boys got off the bus and said “such and such (a little girl) asked me to play doctor. She told me ‘let me look at yours, and I’ll show you mine’ and I told her ‘no thanks, I already know what that looks like’

        I wasn’t mad at the little girl because kids do things like that, and most times it’s a developmentaly age appropriate behavior, but I was pretty proud of the fact that my child had no curiosities because he already knows what a girl looks like naked. I was also proud of the fact that they felt like they could tell me without fear. I want them to understand that the body doesn’t have to be a sexual thing. I want them to know that it is merely a vessel and that out souls are the most important thing about us.

      • Mixtape says:

        I totally understand Falula and Girlinbayou, but the risks are higher for MC. Imagine someone who had been in your house and was aware of the things you’ve explained here recounted them to a tabloid, who published an article about all your naked time with your children (and you were given no opportunity to put it in context). I don’t blame her for being extra cautious.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      Can’t she just tell the nanny, I’m going to take a bath, watch the kids. And then, LOCK THE DOOR!!!! If there is an emergency, someone can knock on the door, and you can wrap a towel around yourself, or put your robe on…..I think Mariah is a liah!!! I think she makes up stories about her kids, so that us peasants will be all “oooohhhh, Mariah is the bestest Mommy”….

      • lucy2 says:

        You KNOW that’s what she does. I’m not buying that the kids are barging in on her all the time, or that she has no time for pampering. She isn’t doing housework, laundry, running errands, etc, she has people to help her with all that.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        I know. That line about not having time to pamper herself is hilarious. Yeah right. MC is about as high-maintenance as a person can get.

    • vauvert says:

      Agreed. But I honestly think this is all fiction, because she was trying to come up with a story a la Kate “look , I am so normal, I can’t even get a little bath in peace, in fact I hide the body I expose to the world in those more than skin tight outfits in a bathing suit… Because modesty!” When on fact we all know she has a full on staff and the likelihood that her kids would burst in the bathroom are zero. Assuming that something like that were to happen, what is the big deal about your four year old seeing your shoulders above the bubbles, or even (hold me, I may get the vapours), your whole body as you get into a towel or robe.

      She is only mildly annoying to me because she really seems infantile. Everything she does is over the top stupid and she really doesn’t know any better. Who the hell needs to be carried like a baby? Or her straw held?

    • jugstorecowboy says:

      Everyone has a different comfort level for nudity, and her comfort level with her own body is probably pretty low. We had sexuality expert come to talk at an early childhood class once, and she said there’s no firm age for when parents/kids should stop seeing each other naked, but it should be based on once someone (kid or parent) feels uncomfortable.

      • Wren says:

        I thought it was really odd at first but then I thought about it more and you’re probably right. Some people don’t like being naked EVER, not even by themselves. Baths for Mariah are probably a lot more about relaxing than washing, so if she’s not super comfortable being naked I can see how she’d prefer to wear a bathing suit in the tub.

      • taxi says:

        Just add more bubbles.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      Yea….my mom never walked naked around the house……but if I saw her, I saw her. And yea, she bathed naked. She used to call me in to rub some kind of skin oil treatment thing on her back when I was older, lol. Good times.

      • pinetree13 says:

        See I wouldn’t walk around naked on purpose in front of my kids but if they BARGE in to the bathroom while I’m using it…well I’m not going to wear a swimsuit for their comfort! LOL!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahaaaaaaa Also they often walk in on me when I’m changing and I don’t gasp and grab a robe…I just carry on. I remember being a teen and walking in on my mom changing and going “EWWWW” (so rude, I know,) and my mom would get mad and be like “WELL THEN KNOCK”

      • JenniferJustice says:

        I’m with Pinetree. I don’t wander the house naked and I am modest, but if my son asks to use the bathroom while I’m in there, I let him come in and we ignore each other. If he busts in my bedroom when I’m changing, he sees me naked for a moment. I’m not going to act like my naked body is something to be ashamed of and I’m not going to shame him for ever seeing me naked. We all live in the same house, so odds are nude bodies are going to be seen from time to time. Who cares? It’s not like he’s going to develop an Oedipus Complex from seeing me naked once in a blue moon.

    • Jen says:

      Hey, Woulda been nice being spared seeing my mom naked every other day when I was a kid. Bathing suit woulda been nice!

  6. Kazaam says:

    Maybe it is just me but I can’t understand why people are so prudish about nudity around their children. My kids often jumped into bed with us first thing in the morning to watch TV in our bed on a Sunday. We didn’t have clothes on, it was no biggie for them. My youngest used to jump in the shower with me and stay in when I finished and my hubby got in (the only thing this caused was him being so used to long showers we can’t get him out of one now). Saying that, he did learn that jumping in showers with guests was frowned upon, he learned that some people like their own space and he respected that. They spent summers in our home naked (their choice), they had no hang ups. Now grown up they still have no hangups about nudity and don’t stare at topless women on the beach or feel someone breastfeeding should be banished out of sight. Surely if you keep nudity so private it just sexualizes it? It’s not how we were born, clothes are just an add on.

    • sara says:

      I agree. I don’t have time to put on a shirt every time my 10 year daughter walks into my room when I am getting ready in the morning. If I kept covering myself, what would that tell her? That our bodies are dirty and we should feel ashamed.

      I also am not prudish about the correct words for our body parts. It drives me nuts when people say weewee or little girl parts. My children know what the proper names are and they don’t feel weird saying them either. I refuse to have my kids feel shameful about what is natural.

  7. Mimz says:

    I can’t help it, I have a soft spot for her, even if she’s so extra. I was a fan for such a long time, I basically ignore whatever she puts out nowadays, and remember “Vision of Love”. I did like that song with Miguel but the video ruined it.
    She looks good. I wish she’d wear her natural curly hair, makes her look younger IMO.

    • Patricia says:

      I agree with your whole comment here!
      I was born in 1983 so Mariah was all things glamour and woman to me growing up. She’s earned her diva status and I love her.
      As I’ve learned about how wacky she is it just makes me love her more. If I was a famous famous diva I’m sure my eccentricities would be even worse, too.

    • susiecue says:

      I’m with both of you! I LOVED Mariah Carey as a kid. I had Music Box, Unplugged, Daydream and listened to them endlessly. She really is so extra but dammit she’s Mariah Carey, and her divaness is just harmless hilarity to me. She is a super talented singer (and songwriter, which is how she’s so rich) who broke a lot of records and set a lot of trends musically back in the day – she was one of the first artists to feature a rapper in her songs, which was a new concept then and which everyone is doing now. She may not be super relevant now, and be tacky and ridic, but she’s got some equity with me for all the nostalgia she brings – and her Christmas album, which still rocks my world.

      • anon33 says:

        Right here with you guys. Mariah is the QUEEN. Fantasy is one of my all time favorite songs.

      • TrustMOnThis says:

        You know she used to be married to Tommy Mottola who founded the hip hop label Tommy Boy… right? So it wasn’t necessarily her creativity that caused her to include a rapper. Also I’m pretty sure she’d heard Blondie’s Rapture by then. Not trying to diss Mariah – love her opi nail polishes! Just trying to bring a bit of music history. :)

      • yellow says:

        Yeah, that was pretty trendy in the late 80′s/early 90′s…

      • susiecue says:

        She was divorced from him by then…anywayz I didn’t mean it was the first time it was ever done, I wasn’t googlin it, just speaking from the heart. Maybe a better thing to say would be she brought it to the mainstream

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Yes. I had every one of those albums on casettes and played them every morning on my way to work for years. At home, I had all her albums on CD and sang and danced my a$$ off. I loved her collaborations with Dirty Ole’ Bastard, Jay-Z, busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and yes, even Miquel. If she weren’t such a character, she wouldn’t be Mariah.

        I do wish she would just lose 15 lbs in a healthy way and be done with it. Not becuase I shame her for being heavier than she used to be, but because the weight bothers HER or she wouldn’t continually be trying suck it in, wearing corsetts, wearing clothes that are too small, and appearing obviously insecure. I was googling and found pictures as recent as 2008 and the difference is shocking. Before anybody says I’m fat-shaming or reminds me that she had twins, please stop before you start. I just want confident Mariah back. Enough with the pretend.

    • franny says:

      Mariah knows exactly what she is doing – she is a very smart woman and has an incredible sense of humor about herself. She knows she is extra and loves it. I personally find her to be absolutely fabulous. And she is very very very good to her fans.

  8. astrid says:

    People still see her perform? I couldn’t name one song she’s famous for. Pretty much irrelevant.

    • Nayru says:

      Seriously? Are you under 30, or do you only listen to rock? You would have to be living under a rock to not know at least one of the hits Mariah had out in the 90s, or even 2000s.

      • GlimmerBunny says:

        Especially around this time of year. “All I want for Christmas is you” is played EVERYWHERE right now.

      • Yoohoo says:

        I can’t name a single song of hers since Don’t Forget About Us. That is from the early 2000s. I couldn’t tell you a single song of hers for a few years before that. I’m 35 and was around for her hey day. I do love her Christmas album but I think she’s irrelevant.

      • Lotta says:

        I’m over forty and I can’t name any of her songs. I never liked or listened to her.

        I really didn’t like Whitney Houston’s music that much either but I can think about at least three songs that she did.

        Mostly I know stuff about them because of gossip.

      • anon33 says:

        SMH. She is by no means irrelevant. Thats like when dumb ass kids say the Beatles were “just a pop band like 1D.”

    • vauvert says:

      Actually I couldn’t name any of her songs either, because I never liked any of them. I am old school, I listen to the radio in the car (still) not a playlist, and whenever I hear a song I don’t like I change the channel. I only realized The Only Thing…. is hers once you commented. That is one of the holiday songs that makes me grit my teeth. I know she has won award and sold platinum record but she was never ever my jam. I am more of a Annie Lennox kind of chick. And I think – based on the recent gossip, that she has become super try hard, as part of her “ignoring my age” process.

    • lucy2 says:

      She’s not as popular as she once was (and she was quite a big deal in the 90s) but she’s still performing quite a bit.

    • LAR says:

      She is one of the best selling artists ever so I wouldn’t call her irrelevant because she’s not your cup of tea. A lot of people still love her music. It’s a shame how much crazy leaks out, though. I wish I had seen her in her prime.

  9. Nayru says:

    Being rich just allows you to dive straight into the crazy never resurfacing, doesn’t it?

  10. mkyarwood says:

    Those are some serious self esteem issues she can never seem to get rid of. Most of the moms I know don’t wear bras at home, and maybe sometimes wear legitimate pants. Bathing is sometimes a family affair to save water and time.

  11. anne_000 says:

    I only came over to read a list of crazy things Mariah thinks and does. Thank you for that.

  12. Pinky says:

    “Mariah is said to have lost 45 pounds recently.” Busta, however, is not.

  13. Esmom says:

    Huh, when she said “caring generous spirit” I was thinking she meant liked when someone is charitable towards people less fortunate. I totally get that. Call me naive.

  14. Size Does Matter says:

    This just proves nobody in fact knows what Mariah actually looks like naked.

  15. jugstorecowboy says:

    Those 90s eyebrows are very , very difficult to give up! I gave in and tried to grow mine back a couple of years ago after realizing I had the same brow for TWENTY YEARS. It’s slow-going, still quite sparse under the arch, and my tweezer fingers are itchy. But it’s been kind of exciting to watch them (kind of) fill in.

    • pinetree13 says:

      the 90′s really damaged my eyebrows. They’ll never grow back to thick. However, I colour them in to be more arched rather than round and I actually think they look pretty good now.

  16. bros says:

    She totally does have 90′s brows. thank you for that.

  17. thaisajs says:

    Can’t she just lock the bathroom door? Bam, problem solved.

  18. Lotta says:

    I don’t understand the danger of your kids seeing you naked. I walk around naked in my home every day, if I’m in bed and need to go to the bathroom I’m not going to put my close on for that. Or if I have to go to the laundry room where it can be hot. My kids don’t care, it’s natural to them.

  19. kimbers says:

    She’s crazy and I love it. She’s a good writer and is who she is. Cute kids and still love that wise girls movie only for her bc she was hilarious. As for nude lipstick? Played out? Never! Lol :) i wear pom balm so i dont know but maybe if it’s on a plain jane personality? Then that person needs some sparkle in their lives;)

  20. Misha says:

    Mariah is a never nude! She forgot to add that she’s wearing jorts on top of that bathing suit.

  21. Tredd says:

    Girl’s lost some weight. Good for her. ‘Bout time for a little face work however…

  22. OrangeCrush says:

    No snark intended, but I’m not seeing a 45 pound weight loss, or anything close to it. I do see a well-fitting corset and some strategically placed layers. Like I said, no snark intended – Mariah is a tall girl so she can hide weight gain easier, and when she loses a lot, you can really tell. A 45 pound weight loss would be SUPER obvious.

    Also, that pic of her working in bed just slays me. Full makeup, hair and jewelry, and the guy holding the mic in front of her looks like he’s been threatened with death if he misses one second of recording. God bless Mariah, I can’t help but like her.

  23. Monica says:

    No disrespect to her, I am sure she works hard, but it seems Nick works alot too, so I think they both can instill a good work ethic in their kids. For what its worth it seems like they are putting their kids first. But what do I know, those photos could all be staged or whatever.

  24. RosesAreRed says:

    Funny because Nick never came across as uncaring or ungenerous towards her and he does a lot of charitable work. I think it’s more code for I want a partner with the time on his hands for his world to revolve around me.