Mariah Carey Finally Sets the Record Straight on Those Whitney Houston Feud Rumors

There have been many celebrity feuds over the years, but one that will always be the most sensationalized storylines of the 90’s was the supposed rivalry between Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.

Seeing as though these women were two of the biggest female recording artists at the time, fans were quick to put these two against one another, despite there being no prior situations that showed a rift between them.

Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston
Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston | TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images

With this alleged feud having been brought up many times over the years, Carey is sick of people pitting powerful women against each other and wants these foul rumors surrounding her and Houston to finally come to an end.

Carey claims the media established this rivalry out of nothing

There are a few celebrity rifts we can easily outline the details of, but when it comes to Carey and Houston’s alleged rivalry, we didn’t really know what to think of it.

For years, the media has made it seem like these two Grammy winners were never able to get along and would put up a front when they made public appearance together.

Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston
Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston| Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

Though fans searched for any information they could find surrounding this feud, they never came across any new installments, which had them questioning if the singers’ rivalry was even real?

Now more than 20 years after their alleged feud first made headlines, Carey is finally speaking out on these rumors as she notes that this supposed rift was just the industry’s way of creating unneeded drama.

“One of the things is the pitting of women, against each other. There was the situation where, when I started, everyone was like, ‘Oh, her and Whitney [Houston], let’s put them against each other and blah, blah, blah,” the five-time Grammy Award winner recently told Variety in a video interview. “We didn’t [even] know each other! And she was one of the greatest of all time.”

Carey went on to reveal that she and the late songstress actually got along great and was honored to get the chance to work with Houston on their 1998 duet, “When You Believe.”

“We had the best time working together. It was female camaraderie. We both got it,” she said. “We were like, ‘She doesn’t hate me, we’re actually having this great time together and laughing and this is more fun than I have working alone, ever.’ So, I think camaraderie with women that you respect is a huge deal.”

Carey and Houston have never had any ill-will toward each other

Since their “feud” quickly became a trending topic in 90’s, Carey and Houston decided to troll everyone by wearing similar “one-of-a-kind” brown dresses to the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.

The comedic stand-off took place right on stage with both women pretending to clash before ripping off the bottoms of their dresses, complimenting each other and then hugging it out before presenting the award. 

Though Carey and Houston remained mum on this alleged rift in the years following, it soon became clear that these women had nothing but love for one another.

Following the “I Have Nothing” singer’s tragic death in 2012, Carey opened up about how amazing Houston was. Though people thought their rivalry continued on over the years, the “Shake It Off” singer made it clear that there were never any ill-feelings between.

“I’m almost incapable of talking about it. It’s very heavy for me emotionally,” she told GMA’s Robin Roberts at the time. “It was great and I don’t think people could ever understand our relationship … there was always this supposed rivalry in the beginning and then we did the duet and we became friends.  I loved her. We all loved her. May she rest in peace … her legend’s gonna go on forever.”

The sisterhood Carey once shared with Houston is something she will always cherish and hopefully now that she’s set the record straight on their feud, people will stop pitting them against one another once and for all.