Mariah Carey has spoken out about appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show back in 2008, where the TV host ‘forced’ her to reveal her pregnancy.
In what the superstar singer now calls an “extremely uncomfortable” moment, Ellen can be seen in a clip from the show asking Mariah if she was expecting a baby with her new husband at the time, Nick Cannon.
When Mariah refused to answer the question, Ellen decided to find out for herself by taking out a bottle of champagne and asking Mariah to drink it.
“Let’s toast to you not being pregnant,” Ellen said on the show, to which Mariah responded: “Why would you toast to that?”
Mariah ended up pretending to take a sip of the champagne, saying it was too early for her to be drinking and it had too many calories in it.
“You’re pregnant!” DeGeneres shouted, with the audience erupting into applause.
Sadly, Mariah Carey ended up having a miscarriage a few weeks after the show went to air.
Now, she’s spoken out about how the segment affected her, telling Vulture: “I was extremely uncomfortable with that moment is all I can say. 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.
“[There’s] 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?”
Mariah went on to say that while she didn’t want to throw Ellen under the bus, she “didn’t enjoy that moment”.
Three years after the interview, in 2011, Mariah welcomed twins Moroccan and Monroe with Nick Cannon.
Mariah’s comments come just after it was revealed that the Ellen DeGeneres Show is under investigation following multiple allegations of its “toxic work environment”.
Allegations from current and former employees include claims of being fired after taking medical leave or bereavement days, facing microaggressions and a culture of bullying and favouritism by executive producers.
No specific claims were made against Ellen, although some staff claimed they were told not to speak to the TV presenter and comedian if she was in the office and not to make eye contact with her.