With the ongoing drama of her impending divorce from Nick Cannon, friends are concerned for Mariah Carey — as they fear she’s on a path of self-destruction and headed for a mental breakdown.
One insider became especially worried after the Elusive Chanteuse broke down in tears during a Dec. 15 performance in NYC.
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“She used to at least be able to hold it together in public, but not anymore,” the source says.
“She’s just one big emotional mess. The divorce and all the fighting with Nick are weighing heavily on her that now it’s affecting her professional life. There’s been talk that she could end up back in the psych ward.”
In 2001, Mariah checked herself into a mental ward after suffering an emotional breakdown on the heels of a breakup with Luis Miguel. At the time, she said her mental health was made worse by her excessive drinking — today, friends fear it’s her fluctuating weight that’s to blame for her emotional distress.
Mariah Carey has reportedly uninvited Nick Cannon from Christmas with their kids, Monroe and Moroccan, after Nick told ‘In Touch’ they were all spending the holidays together. Photo courtesy of Instagram.
And her poor reviews, from fans and professionals alike, aren’t helping.
“She feels like the walls are caving in the more she’s slammed by critics and fans about her singing,” the insider says. “She’s been coping with the stress by binge-eating and numbing the pain with alcohol.”
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Sadly, the self-medicating doesn’t alleviate the pressure. The source tells ‘In Touch,’ “She’s cracking, and her friends are worried that the split, the weight gain and the bad reviews are going to drive her over the edge. It’s really a sad situation.”
For more on Mariah’s troubles, pick up the latest issue of ‘In Touch Weekly’ on newsstands now.