Mariah Carey was 50 years old when she was human, and Mariah Carey was only 12 years old.
Confused? The pop symbol simply doesn’t make birthdays. Carey prefers instead to ring in anniversaries on their 12th birthday every year – because what ages when you can still whistle the competition and break records without breaking a sweat.
The multi-platinum superstar, who was awarded a Grammy, turned 5: 0 on Friday and celebrated with her twins Moroccan and Monroe with a reserved bash at home, where she is currently isolated during the coronavirus outbreak.
“I spent 3.27 at home with my family and virtually with fans and friends from around the world. Thank you for all the love # ewig12, ”Carey wrote on Instagram.
In the photos, Carey rocks a low-cut black dress as she prepares to blow out 12 candles on a chocolate cake while her kids, who will turn 9 next month, are excitedly watching.
On their actual birthday For the anniversary, the singer shared a makeup-free selfie from the recording booth, teased her fans with new music and encouraged her to practice social distancing in the caption.
“Start 327 with a new song ???????? #stayhome,” wrote Carey.
Throughout her decades of careers, Carey has made her stance on aging clear every year.
“I don’t count years, but I definitely blame her … I have anniversaries, no birthdays because I celebrate life, darling,” she said in an interview with Out magazine in 2014, repeating that at the time “forever 12” remains.
Despite the obvious pressure for female celebrities to stay young, Carey’s hesitation at birth is based on an early childhood experience.
“As a child, I literally made this pact,” she told the magazine. “There was a kind of argument with my mother and the man she was with at the time, and somehow I became part of it – I was about 8 or 9 years old and said, ‘I’ll never forget how it feels like being a child and you cannot be seen or heard. “It is as if your opinion means nothing or your feelings are not real.”
Instead, it celebrates the anniversary of its 12th birthday annually, with this year marking the 38th year.
But just because Carey has a birthday complex doesn’t mean her famous friends, including Britney Spears, Reese Witherspoon, and Barbara Streisand, didn’t wish her all the best on this big day.
“Happy Birthday @MariahCarey !!!!! You are one of the main reasons why I started singing … even after more than 20 years your butterfly album never gets old … it is just a classic and I will listen to it today when I work out in the gym! !! !! Spears wrote. “Have a wonderful birthday !!!!!! God bless.”
“Happy birthday to you, madam,” commented Witherspoon Carey’s post.
“Happy big b’day @MariahCarey! It was nice to see you at my last concert in New York. I hope you are fine – stay inside!” Streisand wrote in a tweet.
Carey couldn’t help but retweet Streisand’s reputation and added, “OMG, thank you for suddenly making my life seem better.”
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