(NEW YORK) — Mariah Carey was among the first to tweet a heartfelt eulogy for Whitney Houston a week ago when the singer passed away, and Carey later canceled an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America because she said she was still mourning for her late friend. After attending the star’s funeral on Saturday, Mariah finally made her appearance on Good Morning America Tuesday, during which she spoke about Whitney.
At first, she declared herself “almost incapable of talking about this, still,” but then, she told ABC’s Robin Roberts, “We all loved her. We were all inspired by her, and we all loved her. May she rest in peace, and her legend’s gonna go on forever.”
Asked what it was like to work with Whitney on their hit duet “When You Believe,” Mariah said, “It was great and I don’t think people could ever understand our relationship. There was always this supposed rivalry in the beginning, and then we did the duet and we became friends. I saw her toward the end and…I loved her.” Mariah later tweeted a link to a YouTube video featuring a montage of her and Whitney singing together.
Carey also talked about her husband Nick Cannon, who recently announced plans to quit his radio show after struggling with health issues that included kidney failure and blood clots in his lungs. “Nick is doing well,” said Mariah. “The best thing, I think, was the choice that he made to leave the radio show and just focus on [America’s Got Talent] and Up All Night.”
She added, “The thing is, he’s a young, healthy person and it’s about changing the lifestyle…it’s just a lifestyle choice, and an awareness of what can really happen to you no matter how young or in great shape you are So I think he’s gonna, like he always does, turn something that happened into a positive thing.”
Mariah also revealed that she’s working on some new music — specifically, she mentioned a song that she wants to get done next week. “It just happened and I feel like it’s appropriate for the moment right now,” she said.
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