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10 Of Mariah Carey’s Most Honest & Beautiful Quotes On Motherhood

The Grammy-award winning singer credits her 10-year-old twins with showing her what unconditional familial love looked like.

by Morgan Brinlee

[My twins Moroccan and Monroe are] a lot, but they give me so much love in return. I wouldn’t be the same person without them.

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The most important thing I can do for my children is give them what I didn’t really have: a chance to live in a safe and secure home surrounded by people who love and support them unconditionally.

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I don’t like being the bad guy, I have to say. I hate that more than anything. I do want to be like, ‘I’m not really a mom, I’m a cool mom.’ But you’re never a cool mom. You just never are.

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[My kids] help to heal me every day. Every time we have a moment that feels real and authentic and genuine and it’s them loving me unconditionally,

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They have stability. They understand that they are Black. They have a whole lot of self-esteem and self-worth that I never had. And I probably still don’t.

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I’ve never had a reference for unconditional familial love until now.

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I never thought I was going to have kids. I remember being a little girl and going, ‘I don’t think I’m going to have babies when I grow up.’ For a while, I was probably convinced of that.

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It’s very important the kids always feel safe and that they feel seen and heard and that they know that they are loved unconditionally and that no matter what I will be there for them.

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It used to be just about me. Like, I got to get my sleep, I got to get my rest, I got to sing and this and that. And now it’s really what are they doing? Are they asleep yet? What time are we getting up?

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[My kids] give me a reason to live.

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