Mariah Carey Admits She Was A Teenage Smoker, Beauty School Dropout

Singer Mariah Carey shared quite a few secrets about herself in a recent interview — including her childhood smoking habit.

In an interview with Us Weekly, the five-time Grammy winner confessed her teenage smoking addiction while discussing 25 facts that many people do not know about her.

“I smoked quite frequently from the time I was 12 to when I was 18.”

Even though she smoked for nearly six years leading up to her young adulthood, Mariah Carey admits she was able to break the bad habit cold turkey and has stayed away from it ever since.

“I gave up smoking in one day and never went back. I absolutely detest cigarette smoke now.”

In addition to discussing her bad habit, Mariah Carey also talked about her journey through beauty school — a journey that apparently did not last very long at all.

“I started beauty school in the 11th grade, and a year later I was officially a beauty school dropout.”

Within her “25 facts” interview, Mariah Carey touched on a number of different topics, including her culinary skills. The “Beautiful” singer and mother of two mentioned the dishes and desserts that she is good at making in the kitchen.

“I can make a mean gluten-free lasagna and an even meaner pecan pie… I make incredible food every Christmas Eve.”

Throughout her “25 facts” interview, Mariah Carey covered a wide range of other topics including her:

  • Hidden Talents: “I can whistle with my hands… I can do many impersonations with the various octaves of my voice”
  • Hatred of Mascara: “I hate mascara. I never wear it. Whenever a makeup artist tries to put it on me, I throw a fit.”
  • Love of Bathtubs: “The bathtub is my place of serenity. Any tub, really — bathtub, hot tub or whatever. As long as there is water.”
  • Opinion of Time: “Time is irrelevant to me. I never wear a watch.”

In addition to her lengthy career in the music industry, Mariah Carey has also dabbled in Hollywood over the years as an actress. Her performance in the 2001 film, Glitter, was slammed by critics and fans.

However, she apparently redeemed herself with her impressive performances in two films directed by Empire co-creator Lee Daniels — Precious(2009) and The Butler(2013).

In her personal life, Mariah Carey is currently seeing billionaire James Packer after separating from Nick Cannon — her husband of six years.

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