Mariah Carey has reportedly found a vice that’s helping her cope with the stress and loneliness following her split from Nick Cannon — food.
An insider close to the mom-of-two tells ‘In Touch’ the Elusive Chanteuse is “eating the pain away” as she struggles emotionally.
The insider explains, “When Mariah’s going through a difficult time, you can usually find her in the kitchen. It’s nothing new.”
Mariah in July 2014 (left) and March 2015 (right). (Photo Credit: Splash)
Unfortunately, the timing is especially difficult for the 44-year-old, who was watching her weight and successfully dieting before her marriage fell apart late last year.
But her heartache isn’t the only reason she’s binging. The source tells ‘In Touch’ Mimi is nervous for her upcoming residency in Las Vegas — as producers told her to get her voice in “tip-top shape.”
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“She’s excited but also nervous,” the insider says. “It’s a lot of work, and the stress of it all is causing her to overeat.”
Dr. Fred Pescatore — who has not treated Mariah — explains to ‘In Touch,’ “People usually feel great immediately, but then the guilt sets in, which makes them eat even more.”
An eyewitness says she “pigged out” at Dan Tana’s on March 16 (pictured above). (Photo Credit: Splash)
Mariah’s team is hoping the vicious cycle will stop before she heads to Vegas in May, but she doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.
“When she’s not in the right headspace, she eats. Everyone knows it,” the source says. “Right now, she’s chowing down like crazy — and it’s got to stop.”
For more on Mariah’s struggle, pick up the new issue of ‘In Touch Weekly,’ on newsstands now!