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     Mariah Carey chatted with Access Hollywood's Billy Bush on Tuesday. The singer talked about her breakdown that she says wasn't a breakdown, the death of her father, and whether she's in love. Read on for a rough transcript. AH: And now, confessions from mariah carey, her new album, "charm bracelet" hits stores today. But before the world celebrates her comeback musically, we look at the past year and ask her about the loss of the most important man in her life and the physical shutdown that almost derailed the number one female selling artist ever. Mariah: I literally, like, physically collapsed. I had worked myself into the ground. AH: That is how mariah described her meltdown after the string of bizarre public appearances last year. Old Clip: And there's like people called haters, no no, no no. And we give them -- you see, I can't even -- AH: She starred in in and produced her first movie," glitter" and recorded the accompanying soundtrack, both of which flopped. But she said it's the ended round of promotions that landed her in a psychiatric hospital. Mariah: There is a lot of work that goes into it and I had never learned how to say, no, I won't do this. Don't have me doing interviews with them and have me doing a bunch of photo shoots at 6:00 in the morning and working all day and doing it again for two sfos straight. Anybody would sort of melt under that pressure. AH: But here she is again, over a year later, on another worldwide promotional blitz for her new album, "charm bracelet." It's the first disk for her new label and also the first since virgin records reportedly paid her $20 million to walk away after her one album tanked. What have you exchanged in order for mariah to work peacefully with herself. Mariah: I set boundaries and made everybody work with me sign a contract they've to have at least six hours of sleep wherever we go. AH: Recorded over the summer on the island of capri, the disk is getting good reviews, both a career and personal triumph. And it's dedicated to mariah's dad. Your father passed away in july. That must have been really tough. Mariah: It's so tough to go through that with somebody and literally watch, you know, watch them go. But I feel like we got a chance to say everything we needed to say to each other. AH: What's the last thing he said to you or that you think about and sticks with you? Mariah: It's still kind of hard to talk about it because it's very recent, but I was playing songs when I could. I was doing that type of thinG. We were talking as much as we could until he couldn't anymore. AH: Back on the album for a second, there's some love songs on there. I didn't even ask you -- are you in love now? Mariah: No. AH: Not currently dating, right? Mariah: It's not the easiest thing, but, like, I don't really -- I mean, I don't really care and I'm not, I think when you're like in search of something, that's when you don't necessarily find it.

ACCESS HOLLYWOOD. Transmitido el 03 de Diciembre, 2002 por la cadena NBC.
Artículo tomado del website Oprah.com.
© 2002 lo mejor de Mariah Carey.