“I refuse to call it a reality show,” she told the Times. “I thought it would be a good opportunity to kind of, like, show my personality and who I am, even though I feel like my real fans have an idea of who I am. A lot of people have misperceptions about this and that.”
Although Carey’s most known for her music, she’s spent a good amount of time in front of television cameras hosting American Idol‘s 12th season in 2013 and memorably taking viewers on a tour of her home for a 2002 episode of MTV’s Cribs.
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Carey tells the Times that she has the power to cut any footage she doesn’t want on the show, which began filming in early March, and will avoid including her 4-year-old twins.
“I don’t want to do anything that’s exploitative,” she said, adding that her kids haven’t been filmed yet. “There might be a couple of moments, but it’s not about making them the stars of the show. They’re too young to make that decision.”
Mariah’s World doesn’t have a firm debut date yet but is set to premiere later in 2016. Read more of Carey’s New York Times interview here.