Mariah Carey’s manager is allegedly causing friction between the pop star and the rest of her team.
According to a new report by Page Six, Carey’s manager, Stella Bulochnikov, is like a “Russian dictator” when it comes to running Mariah’s career and has insiders close to Mariah worried that she’s “ruining Carey’s brand.”
“She’s practically moved in with Mariah and now she has so much stuff on her that she can get her to do anything,” an insider close to Mariah Carey supposedly told Page Six, adding that Stella is behind the scenes “pulling the strings” while Mariah supposedly “does whatever she says.”
A source revealed to the site this week that Bulochnikov is actually a TV producer rather than a manager, and she is the one who instigated Carey’s widely reported upcoming reality show, Mariah’s Squad. IMDb notes that Stella’s credits include rapper T.I’s reality series T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle and Carey’s 2015 Christmas Hallmark TV movie, A Christmas Melody.
But while Mariah’s Squad will supposedly follow Carey as she heads to Europe this week for a full tour and give fans an inside look at her “#1 to Infinity Las Vegas” residency shows, Page Six is alleging that the upcoming TV project is actually Stella’s way of getting in front of the camera.
“Stella is the one who really wants to be the reality star, she even filmed a pilot for herself last year,” an insider told Page Six this week, adding that Mariah’s Squad “will likely be more of a TV launching vehicle” for Stella Bulochnikov.
“She is definitely very much out for herself, and this is a golden opportunity for her because she wants to be famous,” the source continued to the site, claiming that Mariah’s upcoming docu-series is “going to be like the Stella show.”
Us Weekly previously confirmed that Carey was working on her own reality show on March 10, when the site teased that the upcoming series will go backstage at Mariah’s current Las Vegas residency and her big European tour, which is set to kick off in Glasgow on March 15.
“Mariah’s excited to show some personal family moments,” a source told Us Weekly of the big TV project, adding that Mariah’s Squad will allow fans to see another side of the pop superstar.
“The show is also about Mariah and the crew around her,” a source continued, admitting that “Mariah is very funny on camera.”
Us Weekly also confirmed at the time that it was Bulochnikov who got Mariah the gig for the new show, which is expected to debut later this year.
“Her manager is a reality TV producer and got her the deal,” the source told the site.
The news that Carey is planning to head in front of the camera came as a surprise to fans, as Carey stated during a press conference in Israel just last year that she doesn’t think she could “handle” cameras following her around and capturing her every move.
“Today, you can be famous just from being on a reality [show]… you don’t really have to do much, but you kind of get to do a lot,” Mariah told reporters of how she feels about reality stars becoming famous. “Then your whole life is just about being a celebrity and that’s what some people aspire to, because it’s easy and because then everybody knows them and all they see is the bright side of fame.”
“I couldn’t handle being on a reality show, I couldn’t handle having people with cameras on me all the time,” Mariah Carey said last year. “It’s already like that, it’s too much.”
Watch Mariah Carey discussing reality TV below.
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