During the 90’s and early New Millennium, Mariah Carey’s musical career was on the cusp of success with songs like “Always Be My Baby” or “Honey”, which reached number one on the Billboard charts. . At the same time, Yankees captain Derek Jeter was at the peak of his career, with several World Series championships; So it’s no surprise that two successful New Yorkers ended up crossing their paths at some point.
Without a doubt, Mariah Carey recognizes that Derek Jeter is an important part of her life, and in an interview she offered Oprah on her show “The Oprah Conversation”, the former Yankee was the catalyst for “Mimi” to divorce the then CEO of the Sony record label Tommy Motolla, from whom he separated in 1998 because he was unhappy in his marriage:
Derek even has his own song, there are several songs that are about him. It was the catalyst for me to get out of that relationship (with Motolla), because I felt that there was someone else for me.
He was always very ambiguous towards me: I didn’t know him, then I met him and I was writing songs about him. It’s honestly not something like ‘Oh my God, it’s the love of my life. At the time it seemed, because I thought I would never meet someone like him. It was the catalyst at that time in my life and it was very beautiful.
Mariah Carey Says Derek Jeter Was the ‘Catalyst’ for Her to Leave Tommy Mottola: ‘It Was Beautiful’ https://t.co/qf8FuZ7RT4
— People (@people) September 23, 2020
Mariah Carey admits that the songs “My All” and “The Roof” are about Jeter, and even though their relationship has always been very ambiguous, by late 1998 and early 1999 they were no longer together, but for both it was a romance that they will never forget in their lives.