Mariah on Nick, Tommy and Barack Obama

Mariah Carey has watched tabloids and blogs make up crazy rumors about her (She bathes in Dom Perignon! She has Nick on a curfew!) without so much as batting a fake eyelash. But now, the singer is ready to set the record straight. Mimi speaks to Elle magazine about life, love, background and past mistakes, and shows the world a different side of herself, and we kind of like what she has to say:

On her marriage to Tommy Mottola:

"When I was unhappy in a place in my life, I always wanted to be kidnapped. I just wanted a way out, but I didn't' have one."

On her relationship with Nick Cannon:
"He sort of kidnapped me and took me on a helicopter ride. Then he re-proposed."

"We really do share a similar spiritual outlook on life....Even though people have their own fears about ‘Was I in a relationship before this, was I not in relationship before this,' to me, I wasn't in a real relationship; it was more of a friendship and working situation."

"We really kept the whole relationship aspect of it quiet. Therefore, we didn't really ‘date,' you know what I mean? Because that would give people a chance to be like, ‘What are you doing? What are you talking about? This is so quick...are you sure?'"

On internet rumors about her life:
"It's difficult, especially when legitimate press is saying, "They're having a $4 million wedding.' Why? What --did we set a budget?' "It's gonna be $4 million! It's going to be really cool! We're going to give away gold as people leave! We're going to sprinkle them with gold! It's going to be very Coming to America! What do they think? Our whole point [in having the unannounced beach wedding] was to do the opposite!"

On her mixed racial heritage:

"It's such a visual society in which we live that people forget, ‘Oh yeah, her father's black,' Carey says. "So, many things will be said in front of me that wouldn't be said in front of another friend whose complexion might be slightly darker."

"A friend pointed out that I was marketed by a huge massive conglomerate that did like the ambiguity of my voice lending itself to [making air quotes] ‘soul' music," she says. "They liked the fact that the look sort of was, and is, ambiguous."

On Presidential candidate Barack Obama:

"I can relate a lot to so many of the stories he tells. Clearly I am not the political analyst of the ages, but this is something that hits me on a deeper level than anything I've ever experienced growing up."