Mariah Carey Opens Up About How She Identified With Princess Diana After Seeing Her At A Party In 1995

"We were both like cornered animals in couture"

In her new memoir, The Meaning Of Mariah Carey, Carey shared the moments and memories that shaped her life and career.

Parts of the revealing tell-all even includes personal interactions with some of her greatest role models, including Princess Diana.

According to the newly released book, Princess Diana had a memorable effect on Carey, even becoming inspiration for Carey’s lavish Vera Wang wedding gown—worn to her wedding to ex-Sony Music executive Tommy Mottola in 1993.

But it was a moment when the two crossed paths at a fashion party in 1995 that’s caught everyone’s attention. 

Per Billboard, Carey writes about seeing Diana at a fashion party in New York City, and reflected on the royal’s role in pop culture while considering her own legacy 25 years later.

Princess Diana
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“She had that lookthe dull terror of never being left alone burning behind her eyes. We were both like cornered animals in couture,” Carey admits in her memoir.

The “We Belong Together” singer went on to describe the demanding increase of the public gaze and how it has transformed from the invasive paparazzi culture of the late ’90s and early aughts to the modern-day trap of social media.

However, Carey does add that the arrival of social media has brought positive aspects. She admits that social platforms have become a space for fans of high-profile figures to come together and defend their idols.

And it’s that online support that Carey thinks Princess Diana would have benefited from, and it would have helped her to feel less alone. 

“[On social media] our fans can come to our defence, bring all the receipts, and create a united front so strong that no bland host or commentator or ravenous paparazzi can even begin to compete with their influence,” Carey wrote.

“We are the media. I only wish Princess Di had lived long enough to have Instagram or Twitter. I wish she had lived to see the people become the press.”

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