Mariah Carey Tells Oprah She Was Treated Like an ‘ATM Machine With a Wig’

Mariah Carey sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey. (Credit: Apple TV +)

Mariah Carey is setting the record straight.

The singer-songwriter sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an interview on the talk show titan’s Apple TV+ series The Oprah Conversation.

During the interview, Carey talked about her decades-long career, her family, and why she is finally opening up about her life in the new memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey, which will be released on Sept. 29.

In a preview clip shared exclusively with Billboard, Carey told Winfrey the book was written in response to people she feels have done her wrong.

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“I never would have spoken a word about anybody in my life — and I try to be very fair– but people have drawn first blood with me, historically,” Carey said.

The five-time Grammy winner also discussed the personal turmoil she has experienced due to her success and the money she’s earned.

“When there are people connected to you as a person that achieves a certain level of success, you are a target, you’re vulnerable, but I wouldn’t have gone here if things hadn’t been done to me, if I hadn’t been dragged by certain people and treated as an ATM machine with a wig on,” the singer said. “Like, all it is is [motions to make it rain] … like, ‘Let me get some money, and let me get some money no matter what.'”

Carey’s interview with Winfrey can be streamed starting Sept. 24 at midnight ET on Apple TV+.