File photo of Mariah Carey Photograph:( Reuters )
Quoted in a magazine, the musical superstar said, "It was an emotional and physical breakdown, but it wasn`t a nervous breakdown, because you don`t recover from that really."
American singer Mariah Carey recently opened up about her alleged breakdown in 2001 while discussing women in the music industry.
According to the magazine People, in a new cover story with Variety for its annual Power of Women issue, the musical superstar said, "It was an emotional and physical breakdown, but it wasn`t a nervous breakdown, because you don`t recover from that really."
"And even my therapist was like, `You didn`t have a breakdown; you had a diva fit and people couldn`t handle it," she added.
While she always tried hard to keep a smile on her face even during difficult moments, Carey -- who spends more time with The Fresh Air Funds` Camp said that ultimately it was her downfall.
"These people are here making money off me; why don`t they care if nobody`s got an umbrella for me, and it`s a sunny shoot? And the minute I was like, `I`m not fine; I need a day off, I need a moment,`" she continued, "Nobody could handle it because they infantilized me from the beginning."
Now, the 49-year-old star acknowledges that she`s "like a petulant child" -- and that`s just fine for her.
"My true fans know this. I`m eternally 12," she said. "But we`re artists."