Before she was raising dem babies with Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey was married to Sony Music executive Tommy Mottola for five years. And before she was feuding with Nicki Minaj, she was feuding with Mottola once their marriage dissolved. Mimi would go on to say he was too controlling, but in an interview with Matt Lauer on TODAY this morning (January 29), Mottola says he has no regrets about his handling of her career.
In his book Hitmaker: The Man and His Music, Mottola says he was obsessive about Carey’s career, and that was partly why she was successful. “I think anybody that’s successful becomes obsessive about what they’re trying to succeed at,” he told Lauer. “I have nothing but the greatest respect for her in the world…. I feel great about all the things she’s achieved as a result of all the work that we did.” However, he did express regret about the dicey professional situation he created by becoming involved in a romantic relationship with Carey. Watch the full interview up top.