Fans were ecstatic when Mariah Carey recently announced that she’d signed a residency deal beginning this spring at CCaesars Palace, but those close to the singer are terrified that the gig could be disastrous for her career — and her health.
Star has learned that the chanteuse has been turning to prescription codeine cough syrup to shore up her cherished five-octave vocal range, the faltering of which was made painfully clear by leaked isolated vocals of her performance of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” during the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Understandably, Mariah consulted throat experts, who recommended total voice rest. The problem: Mariah’s a chatty diva and couldn’t bear not talking to her kids or refraining from ordering her staff around. So her voice got worse, and she begged doctors for a syrup scrip.
“Mariah’s team was adamantly against it, worried she’d develop a problem,” says a close insider of the singer, who is often seen with a glass of wine in her hand. “Needless to say, just days after receiving her prescription, Mariah had her people call a doctor to say she lost her prescription and needed another one. Truth is, she didn’t lose it, she’d already drank all the syrup and wanted more!”
Mariah’s loved ones are scared that the cough syrup, compounded with alcohol and work pressures, could harm her. “If Mariah has any chance of getting through this residency, she needs to stop all alcohol and drugs and go on voice rest for a long while,” insists the source.