He launched Mariah Carey's career in 1990, married her three years later and were divorced in 1998. But nearly 20 years after going their separate ways, Tommy Mottola has a thing or two to say about Carey's recent professional decisions and the team behind her.
In a letter published in Page Six, the music mogul slammed Carey's management and technical people, blaming them for her New Year's Eve performance nightmare and offering some words of wisdom. "What happened on NYE could’ve happened to anyone! Yes, her technical people should’ve helped pay more attention to all of it so that there was no chance of that happening,” Mottola wrote. "My only advice is that she should hire more seasoned and respected professionals to surround her and help her with her career!"
Mimi's ex-husband also went on to criticize the superstar over the decision to film her docu-series Mariah's World. "I would never have encouraged her or guided her to do something like a reality television show!!!!! I don’t get it!! That does absolutely nothing for her integrity, her credibility, or her massive talent!!" Mottola stated. "She should take a step back, think carefully and figure out what to do next," adding that "most certainly none of these issues or problems ever existed with her in her early days at Sony for the first 10 years when she skyrocketed to global superstardom!!"
But despite his clearly frustrated ranting, the Casablanca Records co-owner praised Carey as one of the greatest pop icons. “MC is arguably the greatest pop voice to come along in the last three decades. She has had more number one hits than any pop artist in history!!! She is a global icon and a treasure with incredible talent not only as a singer but as a great songwriter."
According to Us Weekly, the "My All" singer's manager, Stella Bulochnikov, quickly fired back at Mottola's letter. “Really? Tommy is a relic. Did he give you that statement from a rotary phone?”
Since her NYE nightmare, Carey has taken steps to ensure this doesn't happen again and proceeded to fire her longtime creative director Anthony Burrell. "Shit happens. Have a happy and healthy new year everybody," she tweeted following the incident. "Here's to making more headlines in 2017."
You can read Tommy Mottola's letter to Page Six in full here.