Mariah Carey Was 'Uncomfortable' After Pregnancy Was Outed During 2008 Ellen DeGeneres Interview
"I wasn’t ready to tell anyone because I had had a miscarriage," Mariah Carey said of her 2008 pregnancy.
In an interview with Vulture, published Monday, the singer, 50, said she felt "extremely uncomfortable" after host Ellen DeGeneres outed her pregnancy during an appearance on the long-running talk show.
"I was extremely uncomfortable with that moment is all I can say. And I really have had a hard time grappling with the aftermath," Carey said.
During the 2008 interview, DeGeneres, 62, asked Carey to confirm or deny tabloid rumors that she and then-husband Nick Cannon were expecting. While Carey laughed off the question and attempted to change the subject, DeGeneres did not back down, and offered the Grammy winner a glass of champagne to prove if she was pregnant.
"This is peer pressure," Carey said as the audience laughed. When Carey faked taking a sip, DeGeneres shouted, "You're pregnant!"
"I wasn't ready to tell anyone because I had had a miscarriage," Carey, who has appeared five more times on the show since the 2008 interview, told Vulture. "I don't want to throw anyone that's already being thrown under any proverbial bus, but I didn't enjoy that moment."
The "Hero" songstress went on to say that she wishes "empathy" had "been implemented" at the time. "But what am I supposed to do?" she added. "It's like, 'What are you going to do?' "
In July, BuzzFeed News published a report in which previous employees alleged a "toxic work environment" behind the scenes of the talk show. One current and 10 former staffers spoke anonymously about their experiences on set, including claims of being penalized for taking medical leave, instances of racial microaggressions and fear of retribution for raising complaints.
DeGeneres has since apologized to her staff, and three top producers — Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman — have parted ways with the show. Staffers on the show also recently learned that they will now receive increased benefits.
In an emotional video conference with staff earlier this month, DeGeneres told staff she "wasn't perfect," a source, who was on the call, told PEOPLE.
"I'm a multi-layered person, and I try to be the best person I can be and I try to learn from my mistakes," she said.
"I'm hearing that some people felt that I wasn't kind or too short with them, or too impatient. I apologize to anybody if I've hurt your feelings in any way," DeGeneres said.