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Mixed-ish: Mariah Carey Says Growing Up Bi-Racial Affected Her Self-Esteem

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Mariah Carey is opening up about her childhood like never before. The pop diva shared with a packed crowd during ABC and POPSUGAR’s “Embrace Your Ish” event Tuesday night what it was like growing up bi-racial.

“I didn’t know who my role models as a interracial, bi-racial, multi-racial, mixed-ish person were supposed to be I was just dealing with it,” she explained at the exclusive premiere event.

Carey opened up while sharing her journey writing “In the Mix,” the theme song for the new ABC sitcom Mixed-ish.

“It wasn’t just being mixed, we had no money, no nothing, we lived in a shack as they call it,” she detailed. “The whole thing kinda effected my self-esteem and just on every level that’s one of the reasons I connected so strongly when I watched the pilot.”

Mixed-ish is a prequel for the hit sitcom Black-ish. It’s narrated by Tracee Ellis Ross, and the show follows the early life of her Black-ish character Rainbow Johnson.

Carey says she plans to go more in-depth about her upbringing in her upcoming memoir. In the meantime she told Black-ish creator Kenya Barris who interviewed her during the Q&A that she’s ready to act again and be on the show.

“Seriously I’m ready to be molded, I just don’t want that look from Precious,” she joked about her character in the Lee Daniels film.

Mixed-ish premieres September 24 on ABC. Check out the theme song below.

 

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