When two superstars hyperlink up, it’s typically magical. That’s precisely what occurred when Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston joined forces on their iconic musical collaboration. But earlier than the duet, there have been rumors of a longstanding feud.
Both have been the highest divas on their labels and as two powerhouse vocalists, it was solely pure for the media to create a narrative concerning them being at odds.
Houston and Carey have all the time denied any rift between them however Houston’s friend, gospel nice Bebe Winans, just lately revealed that there was some rigidity between the 2.
Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey denied there was ever a feud
Rumors swirled for years that Carey and Houston didn’t like one another. They have been each on the high of their sport being represented by the most important music executives within the business. Houston was a protégée of Clive Davis, whereas Carey was represented by Tommy Mattola.
But Carey says rumors of a rivalry was simply that….rumors. “There was nothing, we didn’t know each other,” she informed Variety in a Dec. 2019 interview.
They labored collectively years later and Carey spoke fondly of the experiences. “Before that when we did the video, we really put all the rumors and nonsense behind us that there was a feud,” she stated. “Once we knew each other, we had the best time together and I was honored to work with her, so when I look at this picture, I’m really proud that we had this moment together.”
Houston shared the identical sentiments and informed Wendy Williams in a 2007 radio interview that she liked Carey, referring to her as a “lamb chop.”
Bebe Winans says Mariah Carey shaded Whitney Houston once they first met
While Houston and Carey denied that there was ever any unwell emotions towards one another, Winans says that there was a feud at one level.
Winans confirmed that the media have been certainly chargeable for taking part in on Houston and Carey’s so-called rivalry; nonetheless, the 2 girls had by no means met each other.
According to Winans, all three of them attended the American Music Awards one 12 months and when he noticed Carey, he insisted that Houston put the rumors to relaxation by chatting with her in entrance of their friends.
“I said, ‘You know what, this is what you’re gonna do. When we leave, you’ve never met her, you stop right in front of her, and you reach out your hand and say ‘hi,” he recalled telling her. “Whitney said ‘I’m not doing that.’ I said, ‘Yes you are. You’re gonna be bigger than all this stuff. I mean, we’re going back and forth and finally she says ‘Okay I’m a do it.’”
But he says the introduction didn’t go as deliberate. Houston allegedly rushed out of the venue with Winans and was viability irritated. She let him know that Carey was lower than good to her.
“We got in the car, when that door closed, she said ‘Boy! I ain’t never saying or doing anything you [say],” he remembered. “BeBe, oh my gosh I stopped and I turned around and I put my hand out and I said ‘Hi Mariah, I’m Whitney.’ She said Mariah turned her head like she didn’t hear nothing. Whitney said ‘The Jersey inside of me said grab her hair!’”
Thankfully there was no hair pulling and the 2 girls later collaborated on their hit music “When You Believe” from The Prince Of Egypt soundtrack.
They carried out collectively on the Academy Awards and did a joint hour-long interview on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Carey attended Houston’s funeral in 2012 and shares recollections of her friendship with the singer occasionally.