Mariah Carey has had some good times, and some bad — and in an interview with PopEater , she dishes on how those experiences, along with husband Nick Cannon, influenced her new album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. “It was easier to revisit the painful times because they’re over and I wanted to let out how I was feeling,” she says of her latest work.

On singing about painful moments from the past: “You know what? It was easier to revisit the painful times because they’re over and I wanted to let out how I was feeling. And in a way, letting it out when there’s also humor attached to it is more therapeutic.”

On fearing she’d never find love: “I don’t think I feared it because I guess I almost didn’t believe in it. I always had a connection spiritually and I felt that maybe that’s where I was supposed to be and I made music and wanted to be creative. But, you know, I didn’t really trust people. I didn’t really trust [sighs] what it would be like to be in a relationship again because I’d been, you know … so many times it had been disappointing. But the situation with Nick is totally different because we’re very similar. We have a lot of the same likes and dislikes and we have so much fun together.”

On Nick’s influence on the album: “I think being with Nick had a big influence on this album because we would just drive around and listen to it and there would be little things we would [suggest]. Just even little ad libs or things that I would do that would become our favorite little part. He’s really into different groups from back in the day and so that’s a really specific style and even if it’s just a “yeah” (sings softly) like that, I did something that I knew he would think was cute. I might do it just to make him laugh and then that would be his favorite part. [laughs]”

On being told to be a vocalist, not a pop star: “OK, either he likes urban music but he doesn’t like me singing urban music or he’s someone who wants me to stand in the middle of stage and sing ballads. And that’s cool, I’ll do that, but honestly, my fans want to hear a variety of songs.”

On what she does for fun: “I go for walk in a semi-disguise. That’s fun to me. I like to go to public places and do things that I would never get a chance to do. The other night, I went out wearing all Nick’s clothes.”

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