Her first husband Tommy Mottola was controlling

Mariah married Sony Music executive Tommy Mottola in June 1993 and acknowledges that she owes her success, in part, to him. However, as a husband, he was controlling and jealous, she claims. The couple's home was "fully staffed with armed guards" and the singer refers to it as "Sing Sing" after the maximum-security prison in New York. They later divorced when his controlling behaviour got so bad, she wasn’t even allowed go to Burger King. In his 2013 memoir ‘Hitmaker’, Mottola writes, “Was I obsessive? Yes. But that was also part of the reason for her success.”

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