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Mariah Carey discusses difficult Christmas growing up during latest live appearance

The Queen of the holidays certainly loves the festive season

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Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
8 December 2022
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Mariah Carey has cemented herself over the past few years as one of the reigning stars of the holiday season, thanks to her perennially popular All I Want For Christmas is You.

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The singer appeared recently on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss her triumph, but wanted to set the record straight on a popular notion.

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When referred to by the host as "the Queen of Christmas," she immediately said: "First of all, may I say, I never called myself 'the Queen of Christmas'."

She defended her stance by saying that she'd been tagged as the "self-proclaimed Queen" and stated that it wasn't the case. "Really? Like I'm going to do that?"

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"Not to get super religious," she added, to the studio audience's amusement. "But I think, if anyone could be the 'Queen' of Christmas, that would be Mary.

"Christmas is for all, and I just happen to actually really love Christmas," Mariah said, diving more into her poignant reasoning for why she loved the holiday so.

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Mariah discussed where her love for Christmas comes from

"Because I grew up and had a really tough childhood and I always wanted Christmas to be perfect, and it never was.

"So then when I was able to finally provide [for] myself and my friends, and now my kids who are 11, we have the most festive Christmas ever," she explained.

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"People are like 'How do you write these Christmas songs, how do you do it?' Because it's actually authentic and it came from a place of longing to have some normalcy and some peace, and just a lovely holiday."

Describing more of her upbringing, Mariah said: "And somehow, someone would be throwing mustard at somebody else, or ketchup or whatever. 

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The singer struggled to make ends meet before her big break in 1990

"I went through that, and now I wait for it all year long," she concluded, receiving a wave of applause from the audience and support from the host as well.

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