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Parents: Mother Patricia, an opera singer, is of Irish origin. Dad Alfred, an aeronautical engineer, is half Venezuelan. They divorced when Mariah was three. Mariah has an older brother, Morgan, and an older sister, Alison who has the Aids virus.
Education: Harborfields High School, Green Lawn, New York. Graduated in 1987.
Previous jobs: Waitress, part-time backing singer, coat check girl, and studied cosmetology in Manhattan.
Lives: Mariah’s apartment in Manhattan has half a floor devoted to a beauty salon.
Love life: Divorced since 1998 from Tommy Mottola, President of Sony Records. Their wedding in June 1993 cost half a million dollars. Linked with Derek Jeter, a baseball player. Luis Miguel, Latino singer, is her current boyfriend.
Trivia: When her fourteenth US No. 1 single Heartbreaker entered its second week at the top Mariah broke The Beatles’ record of 59 weeks at No 1 to become the most successful artist in the history of the Billboard chart.
Mariah started taking singing lessons from the age of four. She actively fundraises for a New York disadvantaged children’s charity The Fresh Air Fund.
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