Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie Feuding?

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Mariah Carey Lionel Richie Feud

By Shari Weiss |

Mariah Carey Lionel Richie Feud

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Are Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie feuding before their tour even hits the road? That’s what a tabloid is claiming. Gossip Cop looked into the story.

“Mariah’s Tour Tantrums,” reads a headline in the current edition of OK!. The accompanying story says, “She’s listed as Lionel Richie’s ‘very special guest’ on the duo’s upcoming All The Hits tour, but Mariah Carey is acting like the main attraction. She wants a dressing room double the size of his, champagne and exotic flowers backstage.”

A so-called “insider” claims to the outlet, “She’s even demanding the volume on Lionel’s mic be turned down during their duets. Lionel’s made it clear that he’s steering this ship, but there have been some huge fights.” Editorializes the gossip magazine, “And this surprises who, exactly?”

Well, Gossip Cop isn’t surprised by the publication’s spin. There is nothing out of the ordinary about Carey wanting champagne and flowers backstage. All stars make rider requests, regardless of whether they’re a “special guest” or the headliner, and those two ones are extremely common. And the notion she wants Richie’s mic turned down makes no sense, as that would just lead to another “technical difficulties” scandal.

Furthermore, the tour has been postponed from March until the summer due Richie’s recovery from knee surgery. THAT is what’s derailing the concerts, not “tantrums” from Carey. A rep for the singer exclusively tells Gossip Cop there’s “no truth” to the feud report.

It’s worth noting OK! is the same tabloid that six months ago claimed Carey was taking over James Packer’s movie producer job. Of course, the couple isn’t even together anymore.

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