But the former head of Sony hit backs in his upcoming memoir 'Hitmaker' saying he may have seemed 'controlling' but that was how he made Carey a star, according to the New York Post'If it seemed like I was controlling,' he writes in the book, 'I apologize. “I’m not talking 10 years, just a few.'The controversial relationship was the subject of much derision at the time.
The pair, Mottola, 43, and Carey, 23, married in a lavish ceremony worth half a million.
Just last summer, Mariah Carey and Australian business tycoon James Packer were spotted hand in hand around the Amalfi coast, and now they’ve made their union official: Packer gave Carey a 35-carat ring and asked her to marry him.
Carey has previously described her four year marriage to Mottola, the record executive who first signed her, as a 'private hell' and said the music supremo, 20 years her senior, abused her 'mentally and emotionally'.
Mottola went on to push the ballads that broke Carey onto the music scene and allegedly refused to allow her to more towards the R&B she was interested in.
He also takes responsabiliy for her Christmas album to which Carey alleged asked if he was 'trying to make her Connie Francis'.
1 singles, including "Vision of Love" and "I Don't Wanna Cry." She went on to produce several more albums (later with other studios) and top singles, and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time.
Singer Mariah Carey was born March 27, 1970, in Huntington, Long Island, New York, to Alfred Roy Carey, a Venezuelan aeronautical engineer; and Patricia Carey, a voice coach and opera singer.
Unlike her previous two marriages, both of which featured big age differences (Tommy Mottola is nearly 20 years her senior; Nick Cannon is 10 years her junior), Packer is just three years older than the “Hero” singer.