‘Mariah’s World’ Recap: Mariah Carey Mourns Death Of Prince
As the episode began, another one of Carey’s backup dancers suffered an injury following Bryan Tanaka having hurt his knee during a prior show. Carey told her creative director, Anthony, that they should “simplify the show” and change the choreography since her dancers keep getting hurt, but he insisted they keep it “as is.” “It’s crazy that people keep getting hurt,” the singer told her collaborator, who maintained that they replace the injured dancers and perform the same routine.
Later, Carey’s manager, Stella, told her she thinks “Tanaka has a very big crush on you” and was worried it might interfere with the tour. “I think you know this,” Stella told the singer, who laughed it off and called her a “drama queen.” She added, “I’ve been friends with Tanaka before I knew anybody else on this tour.” The singer’s manager then asked if she should worry about Carey’s fiance, James Packer, “coming to Paris and beating the sh*t out of Tanaka,” but Carey assured her they’re just friends and “it’s not a big deal.”
Carey brought a group of friends along with her as she tried on her wedding dress, including Tanaka, who seemed slightly uncomfortable. “It’s the last fitting with my dress,” Carey said in a confessional, adding that her young daughter Monroe was also having a fitting. “You are going to look so pretty in this Miss Monroe,” Mariah told her daughter. The singer added in a confessional, “Seeing Monroe in something that’s so beautiful. I just love those moments. My two babies are my best friends. And I’m grateful that I have that memory, because they’re on tour with me and it’s perfect.” Tanaka, however, had a different reaction to the fitting. “Seeing Mariah in that dress, it’s definitely a wake up call,” he said in a confessional. “I’m like, ‘Oh yeah. Wedding,’ he added with a sigh.
Later, Carey learned about the death of Prince and couldn’t stop crying in her hotel room, despite having a concert to perform that night. “Prince was just an incredible artist and an inspiration to so many people,” the teary-eyed singer said in a confessional. “He made a difference in my life, not just as an artist, but as a friend and somebody I could talk to when I needed somebody. I can’t really say anything more, except we’re all gonna miss him.”
Despite being devastated, Carey still managed to pull herself together to take the stage at her Paris show, where she opened up about Prince’s passing to the concertgoers. “I didn’t know if I was going to be able to make it through the show tonight,” she told the crowd. “I’m not sure if everybody has heard the news yet that we lost one of the greatest, most incredible geniuses that we’ve ever had in music.” She added, “He was just one of a kind and just so amazing and I didn’t know if I was gonna be able to come out here and put on a show and be festive. But I said, ‘I’m in Paris and that’s what Prince would actually want me to do.’”
The singer continued, “I think he would want me to get through it. And rather than make everything bleak, to turn it into a moment and honor him because he was a friend to me too and he talked me through some times I really, really needed somebody.” Carey went on to tell her fans, “He was an incredible person if you didn’t ever get to meet him and I’m sure his music has touched every single person in here.” To honor Prince, Carey then asked the crowd to join her in a moment of silence for her late friend, before singing her song “Hero” in his memory.