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'Losing music greats has taken a toll on me' says Mariah

PICTURED: Mariah Carey

MARIAH CAREY has opened up about how losing music greats has "really taken a toll" on her.

Speaking to Pitchfork, the Vision Of Love singer said: "When we have lost some of our greatest, it's really taken a toll on me, as someone who grew up watching them and being inspired by them.

"You mentioned George Michael. I remember before my first album, even in high school, the Faith album, I looked at that and said, 'I want to make an album that crosses all these genres.'

"We had a lot of things in common in terms of record company political stuff. I remember this one dinner that we had. We were both talking about really difficult stuff that we'd been through. And when he passed away on that Christmas, I couldn't believe it because I thought he would be able to be OK."

Carey added that "stress is really a killer", implying it may have had something to do with George's demise - and when it comes to maintaining her own stress levels, the mother-of-two says she does her best to keep her life calm and hassle-free.

"I mean, there's always stressful stuff, but I love being in the studio," says the music legend. "It's my favourite thing... There's a person in me that still needs to be true to that little girl who had so much faith, and hope, and belief, and ambition. A need to remain a kid. And I have to love what I'm doing."

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