Mariah Carey has spoken out for the first time since her New Year’s Eve performance fiasco, saying she was “humiliated” by the technical issues that left her stranded on stage mid-song.
The 46-year-old posted an audio statement on Twitter addressing the debacle, which saw sound problems derail a performance of her hit song Emotions in New York’s Time Square.
“I haven’t really addressed the situation that happened on New Year’s Eve and in time, I will. But for now, I want everyone to know that I came to New Year’s Eve in New York in great spirit and was looking forward to a celebratory moment with the world,” Carey said.
“It’s a shame that we were put into the hands of a production team with technical issues, who chose to capitalise on circumstances beyond our control.”
Carey placed blame squarely on the production team behind the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve concert.
“Listen guys, they foiled me. Thus, it turned into an opportunity to humiliate me and all those who were excited to ring in the new year with me,” Carey said.
Dick Clark Productions has previously denied any foul play, telling People magazine it was “frankly absurd” to suggest the company would ever compromise a performance.
“In very rare instances, there are, of course, technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that DCP had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance,” the company said in a statement.
Carey, meanwhile, said she was recovering from “hurt feelings” after the performance.
“Eventually, I will explain this in greater detail for anyone who cares to hear,” she said.
“I cannot deny that my feelings are hurt, but I’m working through this and I’m truly grateful for my fans and my true friends who have been so supportive in this time.
Carey concluded by telling fans she would be taking a break from social media to be with her loved ones, but would continue to fulfil her professional obligations.
Listen to the full statement below
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 8, 2017