Photo Credit: Nick Cannon/Instagram; Mariah Carey/Instagram

The stories of Mariah Carey and her lifestyle along with her performance demands are somewhat legendary. But it takes her ex-husband Nick Cannon going into detail about exactly what it’s like witnessing this first hand to really understand. He spoke on The Joe Budden Podcast about how she influenced his work ethic saying, “Mariah don’t step out the house — it cost her $150,000, $200,000 just to walk out the house,” from what he learned during his time married to the pop star from 2008 to 2014. He says the cost involved “everything from security to hair and makeup to jets.”
And he says he hadn’t become acquainted with such numbers until he began “building a partnership” with her.

“I’ve never dealt with these levels of numbers that now I’m 50-50 in,” he said, adding that his “ego” told him he needed to be “a breadwinner too.” Referencing how many saw him in the relationship, he said “I’m not a boy toy.” He says he sought out “financial advisors” and “board members” to help him up his financial portfolio.

In other Mariah Carey news, she’s currently being sued for a copyright violation of her 1994 hit All I Want for Christmas Is You. It turns out Vince Vance and the Valiants released a song of the same title in 1989 that became a hit the year before hers came out in 1994. Now before you go aha, the song has a completely different melody and lyrics but he claims he owns the copyright to the title All I Want For Christmas Is You. The lawsuit claims Carey and her co-writer Walter Afanasieff didn’t seek or obtain permission to use, reproduce or distribute Vance’s song, which was “copyrightable subject matter.” He’s currently seeking $20 million for punitive damages and compensation. She has a song where she references getting her attorney Ed Shapiro on the phone so we’re sure she’s going to be handling this as light work.