Mariah Carey has broken silence over why she branded the Meghan Markle a “diva” during their podcast conversation.
The 53-year-old superstar popstar was involved in an explosive interview with the Duchess of Sussex in which she dropped the ‘D’ word in describing the former royal.
A shocked Meghan had said the label levelled at her had made her “sweat” and “stopped her in her tracks”.
In a voiceover at the end of Meghan’s second Archetypes episode, released by Spotify on Tuesday, the duchess said the remark left her worried about the “nonsense” Mariah might have read about her.
On Friday, Mariah has looked to clear up why she used “diva” to describe Meghan, saying it was in the most “fabulous, gorgeous, and empowering” meaning of the word.
Mariah tweeted: “Really enjoyed talking to Duchess and Diva Meghan Markle about ‘The Duality of Diva.’ Yes! I called her a diva, in the most fabulous, gorgeous, and empowering meaning of the word!!! #Archetypes.”
Mariah had already retweeted a Spotify Podcasts tweet linking to the episode.
Titled The Duality Of Diva With Mariah Carey, the episode explores the “complexities surrounding the ‘diva”‘ and the negative connotations associated with the word.
Meghan, in a voiceover, mentions the outlandish diva demands associated with Mariah – including reported requests for 20 white kittens and 100 white doves when she turned on the Christmas lights in London – but she does not appear to have questioned the singer on them.
Meghan asked: “Maybe you read about the time that she supposedly requested 20 white kittens and 100 doves in London? I don’t know.”
During the 46-minute episode, Mariah told the former Suits actress: “You give us diva moments sometimes, Meghan. Don’t even act like … it’s also the visual.”
An aghast duchess responded and laughed in surprise: “What kind of diva moments do I give you?”
She then added: “Oh, it’s the look.”
Speaking at the end of the podcast, Meghan said: “It was all going swimmingly, I mean really well, until that moment happened, which I don’t know about you but it stopped me in my tracks when she called me a diva.
Meghan added: “You couldn’t see me, obviously, but I started to sweat a little bit. I started squirming in my chair in this quiet revolt. Like wait. What? No. What? How could you? That’s not true. Why would you say that?
“My mind genuinely was just spinning with what nonsense she must have read or clicked on to make her say that.”
Meghan said that Mariah was quick to reassure her and that she meant the label as “chic” and “aspirational”.
Meghan said: “She must have felt my nervous laughter and you all would have heard it too, and she jumped right in to make sure I was crystal clear
“When she said diva, she was talking about the way that I dress, the posture of a clothing, a quote unquote fabulousness as she sees it.
“She meant diva as a compliment. I heard it as a dig. Heard it as the word diva as I think of it, but in that moment, as she explained to me, she meant it as chic, as aspirational.”