Denise Truscello/WireImageMariah Carey is the newest star in Las Vegas. She kicked off her #1 to Infinity residency Wednesday night at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. For Mariah, it’s a chance to start anew.
“It’s like a clean slate,” she told Good Morning America‘s Michael Strahan during an exclusive backstage tour of her show. “It’s not just a show. It’s the album, #1 to Infinity. It’s the show, #1 to Infinity, and it’s the place I’m at in my life, which is a brand-new moment for me.”
Mariah’s life has endured some hard knocks recently. She split from her estranged husband, Nick Cannon, in 2014. The couple’s 4-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, are joining their mom in Las Vegas — which is one of the reasons her residency comes at a good time for her.
“It’s even harder now because as a single mom, it’s not like, ‘Woo, I’m going out tonight to do this and that,” she said. “I occasionally, on a rare occasion, I will, but it’s much more about watching movies with the kids and having fun and reading them stories or making up stories with them or playing with them when I have free time.”
Even so, Mariah said it’s important that she co-parents with her ex. “I feel like the most important thing is how the kids grow up,” she explained. “They’re human beings and they have to be treated as such. They’re sensitive and they’re going to feel any kind of tension.”
“So, for me, it’s not about how I deal with anything,” Mariah continued. “It’s about how they’re going to feel after the day is over and they’re going to sleep at night.”
Mariah performs all 18 of her number-one singles in chronological order in #1 to Infinity, which is currently contracted to run for 17 more shows in May and July.
“I think it’s fun,” she said of performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. “I mean, it’s just that being here, there’s so much different stuff going on, between the fights and the entertainers and different people here doing residencies, it’s not the same thing as it used to be.”
Adds Mariah, “And I wanted to get closer to my fans from all over the world who do come and travel and want to have an experience. And this is the first time I’ve ever, ever done all 18 number ones in a show. I’ve never done this before.”
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