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“I Can Never Forget That Moment”: Mariah Carey Confirms Writing Songs About Derek Jeter

Mariah Carey admits in her forthcoming memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, that two of her most popular tracks, “My All” and “The Roof,” are, indeed, about ex-fling Derek Jeter.

In an exclusive interview with Vulture, writer Allison P. Davis states that Carey had an “easier” time recording her first meeting with Jeter in her memoir. Carey’s fans, also known as her “Lambily,” suspected that she wrote “The Roof” with Jeter in mind long ago. When asked about recalling the first time she met the New York Yankees shortstop in 1997, Carey says, “I can never forget that moment.”

“I mean, it’s not like it was some intensely deep, intellectually stimulating — again it was a great moment, and it happened in a divine way because it helped me get past living there, in Sing Sing (what Carey describes as her first husband Tommy Mottola’s compound), under those rules and regulations.”

Mottola and Carey officially divorced in 1997. Carey released her Grammy-nominated album, Butterfly, which includes “My All” and “The Roof,” was that same year.

Carey and Jeter were linked as a pair for almost a year, from 1997 to 1998.

Mariah also says that her lyrics in “My All,” especially when she sings, “I’d risk my life to feel/Your body next to mine,” are literally true — the renowned superstar was “really risking her life to have a night with Jeter in Puerto Rico.”

Fans will be able to order or pick up their own copy of The Meaning of Mariah Carey on September 29.

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Candace Cordelia
Candace Cordelia has been an on-camera interviewer and writer for In The Zone since the Summer of 2020. Candace's journalism experience includes writing for the New York Daily News and ABC Radio, where she also conducted celebrity interviews and audio production/editing for ABC Radio's national radio affiliates across the country. Her on-camera experience involves working as a backstage/in-ring interviewer with a number of independent wrestling promotions and as an actress. Candace is dedicated to bringing combat sports and eSports news to the In The Zone universe.
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