AceShowbiz - Mariah Carey is determined to make sure her kids have "everything" after her own "messed up" childhood. The 52-year-old pop star - who has the best-selling Christmas single by a female artist with 1994 track "All I Want for Christmas Is You" - shares 11-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with ex-husband Nick Cannon and explained that the festive time of year just made her "happy" after enduring such a life "transformation."
"Darling, look, I know a lot of the time people are like, 'Oh, yay! Look at her! She's, like, so festive and such a Christmas girl', or whatever. But, really, Christmas makes me happy. People think I had this princess-style life or whatever, a kind of fairy-tale existence where I just emerged, like, 'Here I am!' And that is not what it is," she said.
"I doubt you have enough time to write about all that, so we won't go into it. But when you grow up with a messed-up life and then you're able to have this transformation where you can make your life what you want it to be? That is joy for me. That's why I want my kids to have everything they can have. I want them to be able to understand that they can be anything they want to be."
The "Always Be My Baby" hitmaker - who is thought to earn an estimated $2.6 million in royalties from her Christmas song every year - went on to add that she "loves" being able to give extravagant gifts because it is something she was not able to do as a child.
She told W Magazine, "[The twins] make a lot of the stuff that they give to me. Wait, hold on; I think the tooth fairy forgot to come last night. But she's very generous, the tooth fairy, so I think they have enough saved up and accumulated that they could actually buy me something this year, which would be amazing. I love giving them gifts, because the act of opening up a ton of presents is something I wasn't able to do as a child."