Pop star Mariah Carey has uncovered that she experiences bipolar confusion, disclosing to People magazine that she has entered treatment.
The artist, whose general five-octave vocal range helped make her a standout amongst the best successful artists of the 1990s, said she chose to open up to the world to help evacuate shame over the psychological sickness.
“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she told the celebrity magazine’s latest cover story.
Carey, who is in her late 40s, said she long presumed that she had a sleeping problem but that her insomnia and irritability turned out to be the lows of bipolar disorder, commonly known as manic depression.
“I would feel so lonely and sad — even guilty that I wasn’t doing what I needed to be doing for my career,” she said.
Bipolar disorder “does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me,” she told the magazine.
Carey said she has Bipolar II disorder, which is characterized by less severe episodes than Bipolar I.
Carey, one of the best-selling music artists in the world with 200 million records sold and hits like “We Belong Together,” retreated in 2001 in what was described as a physical and mental breakdown amid the flop of “Glitter,” her first film in which she starred in a leading role.
The Long Island-born singer said she started taking medicine and undergoing therapy amid a new rough patch in her life.
In the course of a few years Carey has divorced from actor Nick Cannon, with whom she has 6-year-old twins, and got engaged and then separated from Australian billionaire businessman James Packer.
While still packing in crowds, Carey has also not matched the phenomenal success of her early career in which she scored a string of number-one hits including “Hero,” “Emotions” and “One Sweet Day.”