Diva’s backstage antics uncovered
MARIAH Carey arrives into the UK in just a few weeks time.
By Jack Hardwick, Exclusive
The pop superstar with play a string of shows around the country as well as London’s iconic O2 Arena.
Supporting her is former Westlife singer Mark Feehily.
After releasing his debut solo album Fire in 2015, Mark is back with a special Christmas album for the festive period.
Christmas will be released on Friday December 1.
Chatting about the record, Mark told Daily Star Online: “Westlife was a big pop machine but now as a 37-year-old man it is nice to be in control of my life.
“It is nice to make my own decisions musically.
“I have been enjoying that a lot recently.”
The Irish star continued: “I have had the idea for a Christmas album for a number of years and some of songs as well, but in terms of deciding to release it this year that was more later in the day.
“It wasn’t too rushed, but the thing is I couldn’t think of a better opportunity than to release this Christmas album alongside the UK Mariah shows.”
Opening up about the diva, Mark said: “There is a big backstory with Mariah and Westlife as we worked with her before.
“We share share the same agent. I was told I would be the opening act if she even had one but I took it with a pinch of salt.
“The thing is you hear a lot of things like that in the industry but then a few months ago I got the call to say I was confirmed.”
These past weeks Mariah fans Stateside have been left heartbroken after the star cancelled a string of shows due to illness.
However, Mark insists the superstar has no plans to pull out at the eleventh hour.
“According to everyone at my side the UK shows are 100% going ahead,” he explained.
“When I heard about the cancelled shows I did call up my agent to check if she was ok.
“When someone gets ill everyone assumes that’s it, everything is cancelled.
“Mariah only cancelled the first few concerts before the UK to make sure she is in top condition for the rest of the tour.”
The 47-year-old may be one of the biggest stars on the planet but it seems she hasn’t compleately lost her roots – despite countless horror stories.
Revealing the real Mariah and how she operates behind closed doors, Mark explained: “In past shows I did with her when I was in Westlife Mariah has always sent someone down to see us.
“She would be like ‘I wanna see the boys.’
“A couple of times she sent the message to come and see her in the dressing room.”
He added: “I’m sure I’ll get to see her again this time around.
“I don’t know when she’s flying in and out but i’m sure we will say ‘hi'”.