Mariah Carey recently interviewed with UK’s Pride magazine, and discussed her pregnancy, her new album, and the new “breed of divas,” including Beyonce, Rihanna, Willow Smith and Nicki Minaj. Here’s what she had to say:
How much of a diva are you really?
I’m a strong woman who works extremely hard to be able to have my life the way I want it. So, if that makes me a diva, then okay.
Who do you admire out of the new breed of divas?
I don’t really follow every new act — they come out constantly. There are so many, it’s often hard to keep track, and sometimes they’re here today and gone tomorrow. I admire my friends, like Beyonce and Nicki Minaj — people who seem destined to be doing this for a living with longevity.
What do you make of the new women making waves in the industry, like Rihanna and Willow Smith? Do you feel in competition with them? Are you intimidated by the talent coming through?
I feel there’s always enough room in the charts for everyone. The true stars will have staying power, and only history will show who those are.