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Mariah Carey Opens Up About Struggling With Her Biracial Identity

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Apr. 29 2019, Updated 11:11 p.m. ET

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Mariah Carey is opening up in a new interview about a lot of topics in her life, including struggling with her biracial identity. 

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She sat down with The Guardian to talk about a variety of subjects, including debunking several rumors about her alleged diva tendencies. 

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Mariah has been revealing a lot about her personal life recently, including her struggle with bipolar disorder. She was first diagnosed back in 2001.

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The “Honey” singer said that she believes the struggle with bipolar disorder may have stemmed from an identity crisis growing up as the child of a white mother and a black father.

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“It was a combination of being biracial and experiencing the darker side of life,” she said. “My mom experienced a lot of racism as an opera singer because she was married to a black man. Again, it’s impossible to encapsulate that in this setting.”

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She also recalled a time when a friend came over to her house to play and “burst into tears because she had never seen a black person.”

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“I had to go through so much in my childhood just to feel accepted and feel worthy of existing on Earth because I felt so different from everybody else growing up because I was biracial, because I was so ambiguous-looking, and because we didn’t have the money to escape whatever the everyday realities of life were,” she said.

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What are your thoughts on Mariah opening up about her biracial identity? Sound off in the comments. 

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