Mariah Carey Opens Up About Miscarriage and Motherhood

It took a lot for Mariah Carey to become a mother. In her exclusive interview with Barbara Walters on 20/20, the part-Venezuelan songstress opened up about a miscarriage she experienced and how it changed her.

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The 41-year-old, who is married to actor/comedian Nick Cannon, said she began to use acupuncture and undergo fertility treatments after the miscarriage she suffered about 2 years ago, which she described as “really tough.” “The main thing I did...was to go on progesterone like every month,” she said. “And then when I was pregnant, I had to stay with the progesterone for 10 weeks. It minimizes the chance of miscarriage by 50 percent.”

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In addition to speaking about her struggle to become a mother, the Grammy-winning singer said that her marriage to 31-year-old Cannon is very different to her first. Carey married record executive Tommy Mottola in 1993 before divorcing him just four years later. Carey said she felt like she had a strict father when she was married to Mottola in a 2007 interview with Interview magazine. “I am thankful to [Mottola] in a lot of ways. I try not to vilify him,” she said. “I have to forgive him for being so restrictive.” Mottola is now married to Mexican singer/actress Thalía.

Carey told Barbara Walters her marriage to Mottola made her “afraid of the concept of marriage.”

“But this is a different situation and I’m a different person,” Carey said. “It’s a different time in my life. And nobody will ever be able to steal my spirit again. So I’m just happy to be in love and to be here. ”

Carey’s 20/20 interview airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET.